Nelson Mandela is dead; Goodbye Mandela; Long Live Mandela. By Chido Nwangwu.

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Nelson Mandela is dead; Goodbye Mandela; Long Live Mandela. 

By Chido Nwangwu

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Nelson Mandela, the 95-year-old globally acclaimed statesman and South Africa’s first democratically-elected President, has died a few minutes ago, following a year of intense medical attention and illness. Two days ago, on December 3, one of Mr. Mandela’s daughters, Makaziwe told the South African Broadcasting Corporation indicated the great man was on his “deathbed.” She commended her father for “still teaching us lessNelson Mandela is dead; Goodbye Mandela; Long Live Mandela. By Chido Nwangwu.

ons; lessons in patience, lessons in love, lessons in tolerance. Every moment, every minute with Tata amazes me. There are times when I have to pinch myself that I come from this man who is so strong, who is a fighter, even when there are moments when he, you can see he is very strongly struggling, but the fighting spirit is still there with him.”
It is the end of an era for South Africa, and the world.


Dr. Mandela was born at Qunu, near Umtata, in the Transkei area of South Africa on July 18, 1918, to Chief Henry Mandela, a member of the Tembu ethnic group.

A major historical date in his life took place on June 12, 1964, when Nelson Mandela, alongside 7 other activists and anti-apartheid freedom fighters were unjustly sentenced to life imprisonment. From 1964 to 1982, he was incarcerated at Robben Island Prison, a few minutes from Cape Town. (He was later moved to the Pollsmoor Prison); and was released after 27 years of incarceration in 1990.
A major personal and professional experience for me about Mandela is my having walked inside and peeped through that historic Mandela jail cell at the dreaded Robben Island on March 27, 1998, alongside then Editor-in-chief of TIME magazine and later news chief of CNN, Walter Isaacson (and others) when President Bill Clinton made his first trip to South Africa and came to Robben Island.
As a mark of honor to the great Mandela, I established one of our publications, USAfrica The Newspaper, to make its first release just in time in May 1994 in Houston, and across the U.S.,  to be part of the voices and pillars of progress against apartheid, a news vehicle championing the pan-human quest for justice and equity for all.

His legacy is one of grace, immortality and empowerment — as he left footprints of greatness. Goodbye Mandela; Long Live Mandela. 

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MANDELA & ACHEBE: Footprints of Greatness
Forthcoming 2014 BOOK: In this engaging, uniquely insightful and first person reportage book, MANDELA & ACHEBE: Footprints of Greatness, about two global icons and towering persons of African descent whose exemplary lives Mandela_Achebe_book-by-Chido_2013_cover-LrsMandela_Achebe_book-by-Chido_2013_cover-Lrsand friendship hold lessons for humanity and Africans, USAfrica Founder Chido Nwangwu takes a measure of their works and consequence to write that Mandela and Achebe have left “footprints of greatness.”

He chronicles, movingly, his 1998 reporting from the Robben Island jail room in South Africa where Mandela was held for decades through his 20 years of being close to Achebe. He moderated the 2012 Achebe Colloquium at Brown University in Providence, Rhode Island.“I’ll forever remember having walked inside and peeped through that historic Mandela jail cell (where he was held for most of his 27 years in unjust imprisonment) at the dreaded Robben Island, on March 27, 1998, alongside then Editor-in-chief of TIME magazine and later news chief executive of the CNN, Walter Isaacson (and others) when President Bill Clinton made his first official trip to South Africa and came to Robben Island. Come to this island of scourge and you will understand, in part, the simple greatness and towering grace of Nelson Mandela”, notes  Chido Nwangwu, award-winning writer, multimedia specialist and founder of USAfricaonline.com, the first African-owned U.S-based newspaper published on the internet, in his first book; he writes movingly from his 1998 reporting from South Africa on Mandela. http://www.mandelaachebechido.com/


Why I celebrate Mandela’s  life, struggles and works. By Chido Nwangwu.
The truth is we revere and honor Mandela at USAfrica.
  

Google index of Mandela insights by Chido Nwangwu. https://www.google.com/search?q=mandela+chido&rlz=1C5CHFA_enUS524US525&oq=mandela+chido&aqs=chrome..69i57j69i60l2j69i61.8111j0j4&sourceid=chrome&espv=210&es_sm=119&ie=UTF-8#es_sm=119&espv=210&q=mandela+chido+nwangwu+

 

Long Live, CHINUA ACHEBE! The Eagle on the iroko.                    

FULL text of this tribute-commentary at USAfricaonline.com click link  https://usafricaonline.com/2013/03/22/long-live-chinua-achebe-by-chido-nwangwu

ACHEBE Lives As an Immortal Writer In Our Hearts and Minds. By Chido Nwangwu.                USAfrica, May 22, 2013: https://usafricaonline.com/2013/05/22/achebe-lives-as-an-immortal-writer-by-chido-nwangwu/

ThisDay  Sunday May 26, 2013.  http://www.thisdaylive.com/articles/achebe-lives-as-an-immortal-writer-in-our-hearts-and-minds/148550/

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Eight lessons of the 1994 Rwanda Genocide. By Chido Nwangwu, Publisher of USAfrica multimedia networks, Houston.   https://usafricaonline.com/2009/11/01/chido-8lessons-rwanda-genocide/

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Margaret Thatcher, Mandela and Africa.  By Chido Nwangwu, Founder & Publisher of USAfrica, and the first African-owned, U.S-based newspaper published on the internet USAfricaonline.com. Click for newscast video of London-based SkyNEWS, the global, 24-hour British international tv network’s interview with USAfrica’s Publisher Chido Nwangwu on April 11, 2013 regarding this latest commentary http://youtu.be/G0fJXq_pi1c )

There’s a compelling political trinity to Nelson Mandela: the man, the messiah and the mystique. https://usafricaonline.com/2013/07/18/mandela-95-hearty-cheers-to-his-footprints-of-greatness-by-chido-nwangwu/

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Obama’s Africa agenda, our business and democracy. By Chido Nwangwu, Founder & Publisher of USAfrica and first African-owned, U.S-based newspaper published on the internet USAfricaonline.com

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Margaret Thatcher, Mandela and Africa.  By Chido Nwangwu, Founder & Publisher of USAfrica, and the first African-owned, U.S-based newspaper published on the internet USAfricaonline.com. Click for newscast video of London-based SkyNEWS, the global, 24-hour British international tv network’s interview with USAfrica’s Publisher Chido Nwangwu on April 11, 2013 regarding this latest commentary http://youtu.be/G0fJXq_pi1c )

Dancing with “ghosts” of BOKO HARAM, President Jonathan, Sultan Abubakar and Nigeria’s national security. By Dr. Chido Nwangwu

https://usafricaonline.com/2013/04/05/dancing-with-ghosts-of-boko-haram-president-jonathan-sultan-abubakar-and-nigerias-national-security-by-chido-nwangwu/

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Why Obama’s late to symbolic, historic meeting with Mandela.  By Chido Nwangwu.   https://usafricaonline.com/2013/06/26/obamas-late-to-symbolic-historic-meeting-with-fit-mandela-by-chido-nwangwu/

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