A final farewell to Nelson Mandela

Nelson Mandela — 'As we let our own light shine, we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same.'

18 July 1918 - 5 December 2013

With military pomp and traditional rituals, South Africa buried Nelson Mandela on Sunday, the end of an exceptional journey for the prisoner turned president who transformed the nation.

Mandela was imprisoned for 27 years for defying the racist apartheid government that led South Africa for decades. He was freed from prison in 1990 and became South Africa's first black president four years later. During all this time he promoted forgiveness and reconciliation.

WakaWaka made a tribute to this inspiring man (see below). The lamps used in the tribute have been donated to the Nelson Mandela Foundation


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