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Nelson Mandela, former political prisoner and president of South Africa, has died. Aged 95 years
| December 05, 2013
Nelson Mandela, the former political prisoner who became the first black president of South Africa has died. He was 95 years old. Nelson Mandela, 95 led South Africa's transition from white-minority rule in the1990s, after nearly three decades in prison. He had been sick for a while and had been receiving medical care at home for a lung infection after three months in hospital. In a statement on national TV, South Africa's president, Jacob Zuma announced Mr Mandela's death and said "Our nation has lost its greatest son." President Zuma said and added that Mr Mandela would receive a full state funeral, and flags would be flown at half-mast around the country. President Zuma also said, "What made Nelson Mandela great was precisely what made him human. We saw in him what we seek in ourselves. Fellow South Africans, Nelson Mandela brought us together and it is together that we will bid him farewell." Nelson Mandela was born in 1918. In 1942, he joined the African National Congress, a nonviolent anti-apartheid movement that used boycotts and strikes to try to change the apartheid government. He also started a law firm that represented black South Africans against the white South African government. In 1962, he was convicted and sentenced to five years in prison for leading a strike and in 1963, he was convicted and given a life sentence. He spent 27 years in prison, and managed to remain the face of the anti-apartheid campaigns and even rejecting deals that would have set him free in exchange for ending the campaigns against apartheid. He was finally released in 1990 and in 1994 became South Africa's first black president and the first democratically elected president. He served for five years and retired in 1999. In 1993, Nelson Mandela and F.W. de Klerk, the South African President who negotiated Mandelaís release, were awarded the Nobel Peace Prize In 2009, the United Nations declared Mandelaís birthday, July 18, as Mandela Day, to celebrate community service.

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Talatu Mutong    Jos, Plateau State, Nigeria    December 12, 2013
Nigerians we should all learn from Mandela. Let all live by example.
Mebude, A    Lagos, Nigeria    December 07, 2013
If Mandela was a Nigerian, he would have passed on in a German Hospital. Rest In Peace, Madiba.
T Adam    London, UK    December 07, 2013
Well said, Omotayo. His story, his stature won't wane for a long, long time. Even now he still lives on; everyone's Madiba.
OMOTAYO, J. A.    Accra, GHANA    December 06, 2013
A writer once posited that you know that you have read a good book when you get to the end and it appears as if you should not close the book. If book were to be replaced by Nelson Mandela, it is as if he should live forever. But he cannot live forever lest him become a spirit. Good night, Madiba. God bless.
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