Life’s Diary (Episode Twenty-two) Nelson Mandela’s Day: A lesson to learn by Olayinka Abdurrazzaq

Life’s Diary (Episode Twenty-two)

Nelson Mandela’s Day: A lesson to learn

Olayinka Abdurrazzaq

The first message I received on my mail today was from Britanica World Broadcast reminding me the birthday of the great leader ever had in Africa –Nelson Mandela. I’m happy for this because I’m at present reading his autobiography, ‘Long Walk to Freedom’.

Will you travel with me to South Africa to know a bit out of achievements of this great leader? Be calm, your Visa is free though, Nelson could send you one from heaven, as you know, he was a philantropist.

He was the president of South Africa born on July 18, 1918 Mvezo, South Africa and died
December 5, 2013 (aged 95) Johannesburg , South Africa.

One of the most remarkable lives of the twentienth century was Mandela. The recipient of the 1993 Nobel Peace Prize, president of the African National Congress, and head of the antiapartheid movement, Rolihlahla was one of the world’s greatest moral and political leaders.

His journey to the peak was not an easy task. He fought for liberation and freedom of his people. His antiaparthed movement and dramatic years of underground which led to his sentence to life imprisonment in 1964. He faced many obstancles before he reached the apex.

He became a two terms president of South African without campaign. He was incarcerated, beaten and tortured, not because of his self-interest but because of the interest for people. His impact in the ANC association in Johanesburg can never be forgoten. He is a great leader that can never be erased in the world’s golden book of history.

Do you know his secret of living and great achievement? Wait, I will tell you today, perhaps it will benefit you. The secret of the legend is very simple, — ‘service to people’. Throughout the life of Mandela, he served the people. The interest of people was his first priority. All his strugles from the beginning to the end was service for people. And that was what made his name immortal in the hearts of people.

Like him, if you wish your name to remain after you, you should invest in people. If you get ready to serve people, behold, money, leadership, honour will come. And your name will surely remain after you. That is a simple secret and lesson from Mandela.

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