Madiba @ 90: Waiting for the Nigerian Mandela!

The former South African President Nelson Mandela is a living legend from all indications. Mandela has attained, even in his lifetime, the status of an icon, a world sage whose eventful history has many positivities, an uncommon history steeped in destiny, stoicism and large-heartedness. Mandela is the greatest example of leadership quality in Africa, a woeful continent struggling with petty dictators and politico-economic problems.
 
Mandela, with his fellow anti-Apartheid heroes, killed Apartheid after undergoing most harrowing of experiences. Apartheid collapsed because the likes of Madiba refused to compromise or trade off freedom for the black majority of their compatriots. Apartheid represented every shade of evil and it took the collective determination of a few good men to crumble its vested interests and entrenched infrastructures in South Africa.
 
Whilst the deplorable recent xenophobic violence in South Africa -- which had sought to question the African big brother phenomenon and brotherhood -- appears tamed or contained (with Mandela characteristically condemning it) the Thabo Mbeki stewardship leaves much to be desired. That is why many South Africans are ostensibly waiting on Jacob Zuma to come in with his kind of politics which appears more robust and engaging.
 
Today in Hyde Park in London some of the best entertainers in the world would be honouring Madiba who turns ninety in a great concert. Eminem, Robert de Niro, Annie Lennox, Will Smith, Oprah Winfreh and a host of other greats are already in London to pay musical homage to the great exceptional man whose statesmanship is beyond dispute.
 
The London event is tagged 46664, a digit in memory of the prison ID badge Mandela wore in prison with that number of tickets sold out. The profits are to be donated to the HIV/AIDS global campaign. Africa has the greatest number of AIDS victims around the world and South Africa has the highest number of victims in Africa.
 
Great men and women from different fields of human endeavour including ex-American President Bill Clinton, British PM Gordon Brown, the Queen Elizabeth would be attending events celebrating Mandela @ 90. It is an honour worthy of extending to a Nobel laureate for peace whose moral interventions go with global attention.
 
Mandela himself, reduced to walking with the aid of a walking stick by old age, is in London to witness the birthday gig. Mandela is remembered in our prayers today for what he represents for Africa and Africans: hope against hopelessness, dignity and black pride. Our prayer goes to the Supreme Being for Him to grant this apostle of hope for mankind many more years amongst us.
 
As we remember Mandela in our prayers we remember the long-suffering Zimbabweans as they are forced today to go to the polls to 'elect' only but Robert Mugabe as their president for life. Against the background of protestations of the international community and the withdrawal of the credible opposition MDC leader Morgan Tsvangirai from the sham presidential one-candidate run-off election slated for today Mugabe defies the world as he seeks to legitimise his disastrous reign for another five years.

The Zimbabwean socio-economic political situation could well be likened to an Athenian tragedy without the majesty of the Greek drama! Robert Mugabe wants to die (with impunity) in office. We can only ask God to accelerate this death wish of his sooner.
 
When we think positively about rare gems like Mandela we equally think about the many scoundrels who masquerade themselves as leaders in Africa. Mugabe is one of them, Olusegun Obasanjo is another. For Mandela what we are horribly witnessing in Zimbabwe approximates "a tragic failure of leadership". Of course it is awfully!
 
As we remember Nelson Mandela in our prayers we also remember our compatriots back home who are still bearing the brunt of leadership failure: no good roads, no water, no light, no food, no shelter. We bemoan with them their fate made worse by the curse of the oil boom. There are no other nationals of other oil-producing nations facing societal difficulties as Nigerians. Yet Nigerians keep tolerating the political barbarism of the ruling elite!
 
Olusegun Obasanjo who imposed the present lack-lustre arrangement at the federal level at home has few things in common with Nelson Mandela. They both spent times in prison as prisoners of conscience. They were elected Presidents of their respective countries straight from prisons. They ought to share similar podium as international statesmen but Obasanjo, out of greed, vindictiveness and pettiness, has squandered his statesmanship.
 
As Madiba turns 90 this's wishing him many more years among men and women of peace and love in this planet we know better. As we await prayerfully the coming of our own Madiba, the Nigerian Mandela (one who may not necessarily need to suffer Apartheid or be elected President straight from prison) this is a toast to Madiba @ 90!
 
As we celebrate this courageous man of high intellect who had famously said when Apartheid was flourishing in his native land that he was 'the captain of his soul and the master of his destiny' let me quote him in one of his popular books: No Easy Walk To Freedom: "...it is always the oppressor, not the oppressed, who dictates the form of the struggle. If the oppressor uses violence, the oppressed have no alternative but to respond violently."
 
Happy birthday Nelson Mandela! May your days be longer!!
 
SOC Okenwa
soco_abj_2006_rci@hotmail.fr



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Re: Madiba @ 90: Waiting for the Nigerian Mandela!
Akar ninzo posted on 06-27-2008, 14:38:34 PM
Madiba the great!!!

We have one old man that is going senile and refusing to tow the part of greatness. Please let that senile man in Zimbabwe fall into line and save his country from all the downward spiral he has plunged it.

happy birthday madiba, enjoy your concert tonight!
Re: Madiba @ 90: Waiting for the Nigerian Mandela!
Wolvrine posted on 06-28-2008, 09:31:20 AM
Thank goodness for something good out of Africa. Let's celebrate good men while they live.
Re: Madiba @ 90: Waiting for the Nigerian Mandela!
Allaccess posted on 06-29-2008, 06:57:15 AM
so... the white western media and governments decide the way africans think...

a black man who spent 2 decades in an apartheid jail, released, decides to forgive whites for these crimes and then allows them keep the wealth illegally acquired while they continue to control South Africa's economy. This same man made it possible for black south africans to murder other africans living in South africa because they (soweto blacks) can no longer touch the whites who placed them in their current sorry state.

justapose that with...

An african who decides to challenge the economic strangulation placed on his people by remnant white colonialists... but of course he went about it the wrong way...

to become a great black african you have to have pleased the white west and then their media will make you an icon
Re: Madiba @ 90: Waiting for the Nigerian Mandela!
Eja posted on 06-29-2008, 10:15:14 AM
You already had your 'Nigerian Mandela', you had several of them in fact but, as the saying goes, a prophet has no honour in his own toilet.

Olusegun Obasanjo was a Mandela Gott in Himmel blessed you people with...did you appreciate him? No.

Before that, you had been blessed with Ibrahim Badamasi Babangida...did you appreciate him? No.

So why are you now crying for after South Africa's own gift? Does the greed of you people know no limits?

Patch up your own canoe, then paddle your own canoe.
Re: Madiba @ 90: Waiting for the Nigerian Mandela!
Nero africanus posted on 06-29-2008, 11:18:37 AM
QUOTE:
so... the white western media and governments decide the way africans think...

a black man who spent 2 decades in an apartheid jail, released, decides to forgive whites for these crimes and then allows them keep the wealth illegally acquired while they continue to control South Africa's economy. This same man made it possible for black south africans to murder other africans living in South africa because they (soweto blacks) can no longer touch the whites who placed them in their current sorry state.



god bless you allaccess,

some of us are so dense we dont even know this fact , the whites who have benefitted most from mandela are the ones celebrating him.

i have always said , i will say it again , once you are an african leader and you are being celebrated by the western media and the west there is something seriously wrong with you. you see , the western interests and africans interests are not the same. you cannot do good for the african collective and remain a friend of the west......

QUOTE:

justapose that with...

An african who decides to challenge the economic strangulation placed on his people by remnant white colonialists... but of course he went about it the wrong way...

to become a great black african you have to have pleased the white west and then their media will make you an icon




mugabe played this same game that mandela played, he was celebrated everywhere as bob , so long as the western interests where not tampered with.they even knighted him. all of a sudden, they start to demonise him , where were they when he was commiting genocide against the ndebele only so he would uphold the lancaster house agreement.

why i dont blame him so much was that the joshua nkomo faction , the ndebele would not accept the lancaster house agreement , they said rightly what exactly then was it they fought for?

but then again if you remember that anc signed an agreement with mugabe , not to kick out the white settlers as the whites in south africa would fight to the death if this happened as it turned out they fought till south africa became ungovernable

it must be remembered that the bush war ended with defeat of the ian smith faction and they should have kicked out the white farmers then, but no they didnt.
Re: Madiba @ 90: Waiting for the Nigerian Mandela!
Delta posted on 06-30-2008, 08:43:28 AM
Is it just me or are some of us so blinded by this western conspiracy theory to see the difference between good and evil??
Mandela was in jail for the liberation of his people and deserves to celebrate and be celebrated by whoever!!
Mugabe on the other hand is taking this same liberation away from his 'own' people.
Regardless of Mugabe's battle against the 'west'..Please tell me you can see the violence he vetted out on his people?
Please tell me you can see the extent he went to ensure he stays in power?
Please tell me that this his fight against the west is for the benefit of his people? and if it is please tell me why they want him out?
Regardless of how noble his initial intentions were, he has failed woefully and his people suffer greatly for his failure.
Lets put all this conspiracies aside and call a spade a spade.

God bless us all!
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