Nelson Mandela…..”Troublemaker”

Posted: December 6, 2013 in Democracy
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1990 South Africa

Nelson Mandela 

1918 – 2013

He was born on July 18, 1918, he was named Rolihlahla, which translated roughly – and prophetically – to “troublemaker.” Isn’t it amazing that a name can make a difference in someones’ life, while the term “troublemaker” can be seen as a negative prospective, but truly who did he cause trouble for? He was accused of treason in 1964, where than was sentenced to life in prison and sent to Robben Island. As inmate No. 466/64, he slept on the floor of a six-foot-wide cell, did hard labor in a quarry, organized fellow prisoners – and earned a law degree by correspondence.

Nelson Mandela despite all adversary he didn’t let that stop him, where after spending 27 years in prison, led his country to democracy and became its first black president. It is amazing that although he spent 1/3 of his life in prison, he still didn’t let that hold him back in realizing his dream. A dream that was not just for him but for mankind.

I ask myself, what is holding me back to accomplish my goals and my Dreams? Today the Country of Africa mourns in the death of an illustrious man, but it also celebrates his life and all he did to lead his country to democracy!

May He always be an example of what Democracy stands for and what we need to do to obtain it and/or keep it!

Rest in Peace, Nelson Mandela Thank you for your contribution in our lives and for being a great Troublemaker.

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