Mandela Day is an annual international day in commemoration of Nelson Mandela, celebrated each year on this 18 July.
Mandela Day is a global call to change that celebrates the idea that each individual has the ability to shape the world, and inspire a new generation of leaders, serving humanity with dignity and respect.
Mandela demonstrated the importance of leadership, justice, democratic society, and of course he was an iconic who fought against social injustices in South Africa for many years; and in the context of Africa he played a great role in mobilizing his comrades in the ANC (African National Congress) against the apartheid rule.
His role was to bring a real change and champion new South Africa where there is fairness, equality for all regardless of race, gender, and economic status.
Mandela also reminded us the power of storytelling when it comes to social change and transformational ideas through spirit of Ubuntu’s idealism in which the core values of new revolution in the light of defeating apartheid ideology and its injustices against free society and democratic revolution of South Africa lie at the center.
President Mandela and his comrades defeated the forces of unpatriotic politicians and their pathos ideology against social fabric, societal aspiration of the people of South Africa before and after independence.
The ANC leadership also played an incredible sacrifice against the politics of medieval times in our contemporary society especially bad governance, corruption, and politics of exclusion in which I believe is dangerous against politics of inclusivity, and transformative society in this century.
Starting from Oliver Tambo to Mandela to other visionary leaders, it is noted that they have taken risks from a tender age. In other words, to build a better tomorrow, more prosperous continent,we need to nurture the saplings of today. Hence, a radical South Africa , which is pro-people, comes from harnessing bright minds capable of taking the continent into a progressive journey.
Mandela’s views on the long walk to freedom stated this quote; “I have walked that long road to freedom. I have tried not to falter; I have made missteps along the way. But I have discovered the secret that after climbing a great hill, one only finds that there are many more hills to climb. I have taken a moment here to rest, to steal a view of the glorious vista that surrounds me, to look back on the distance I have come. But I can only rest for a moment, for with freedom come responsibilities, and I dare not linger, for my long walk is not ended.”
His statesmanship showed us the true revolution of institutional building, and building new era of sustainable development in line with pan-Africanism, path to reconciliation, more ambitious society. It was powerful because it awakened political consciousness and gave it a voice. It demanded respect for human dignity.
Transformation of South Africa under the leadership of president Mandela was to build the ability to interact with the reality of the people’s lives, this is another quality emphasized in the movement from one generation to another,catalyzing action which is about creating a shared understanding of values, human civilization that can translate into power of action in the spirit of nationhood and strong society.
Mandela’s role in reconciliation across African continent was always milestone achievement especially in the case of Rwanda where he took an important initiative in mediating Rwandan peace agreement which was the starting point of Rwandan transformation, building a new nation, and whereas to sustain Mandela’s legacy there is a need for a new thinking as new generation of African leaders on how we can move forward as a society in the issues of governance, rule of law and revolutionary vision in the social transformation of the continent.
In my view, Mandela Day means integration, inclusive society, new Africa; knowledge must be functional and it must be therefore generated as social change that needs to be deployed in the service of mankind with a goal to improve the political transformation and economic development of African society in the next decade.
What counts in life is not the mere fact that we have lived. It is what difference we have made to the lives of others that will determine the significance of the life we lead.” ~Nelson Mandela
Farewell dear Statesman!
“Change with the times “
The writer is Mohamed Abdi Warsame; Pan-Africanist, political scientist & student of law and Chief strategist-chamber of Somali Writers as well.