Happy 100th Birthday, Madiba!

I am an African. Inextricably linked to her people, culture and natural beauty. This is my home. I will never leave. I believe in building the future that Nelson Mandela, and many others, described and committed their lives to.

“No one is born hating another person because of the colour of his skin, or his background, or his religion. People must learn to hate, and if they can learn to hate, they can be taught to love, for love comes more naturally to the human heart than its opposite.” – Nelson Mandela, Long Walk to Freedom

I will bear the unbearable burden of knowing that I will never be able to do enough to realise their dreams. I must listen more. I must do more.

“For to be free is not merely to cast off one’s chains, but to live in a way that respects and enhances the freedom of others.”- Nelson Mandela, Long Walk to Freedom

Mini emnandi kuwe, Tata!

Who better to give the 16th Nelson Mandela Lecture and tribute to Mandela’s 100th birthday than President Obama. A fantastic tribute to Madiba and commentary on our times:

Johnny Clegg and Mandela were both incredible bridge builders, connecting strands across diverse cultures: