A landmark Figure, In African’s Identity!


Written by Deng S. Elijah



(British Columbia, Canada) –Mandela a ‘visionary’, a ‘symbol of forgiveness’, a ‘freedom fighter’, a ‘light’, a ‘saint’, a ‘true gentleman’, a ‘good human’, a ‘greatest son’, an ‘icon’, …, and a guiding star, is an exemplary that the world would never describe in just one sentence. Mandela has lived a unique life that we would only afford to admire and cherish, so simple but yet complex. Our generation was so fortunate to have lived in the era that Mandela lived. It’s a blessing that the world could be united through a son of a chief, an African, who lived nearly a third of his life in prisons and tortures. May his passing be a rebirth of Mendalas that would continue the change Mandela has inspired. Rest in peace Madiba.

South Sudan: While the world is mourning the passing of one of its greatest sons, Nelson Mandela, the South Sudanese are patiently waiting the long awaited press conference.  The politicians, religious leaders, celebrities, the poor and the rich are sharing their condolences, all over the world, with the family of Mandela, South Africa and Africa at large. It would be paramount for the South Sudanese to share these moments with the rest of the world. May South Sudanese politicians remember to pay their tributes and honors for the shared dreams of peace, reconciliation, equality, justice and Ubuntu that Mandela and South Africa demonstrated to the rest of the world!

Because of this great discourse the world is observing, we would be honored if the South Sudan’s ruling party, SPLM, through the office of its first vice chairman, Dr Riek Machar, postponed the press conference that would be held in the next one hour. We understand the important of the press conference, however, as Africans and the world’s youngest nation that has so much to learn from the Mandela’s examples, our walk to freedom should start with Mandela’s long walk to freedom. In addition, the nation (which I hope would) should observe, at least, three mourning days for papa Madiba.

Something for South Sudanese to think about, and might be historic; the announced public rally, to be held on 14th December at Dr. Garang memorial ground, also coincides with Mandela’s memorial. Would it be postponed?

“We have lost one of the most influential, courageous, and profoundly good human beings that any of us will share time with on this Earth. He no longer belongs to us — he belongs to the ages,” said Obama, adding, “I cannot fully imagine my own life without the example that Nelson Mandela set, and so long as I live I will do what I can to learn from him.” Barack Obama.

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