RIP Nelson Mandela

Heroic, Graceful, Wise & Inspiring

“It always seems impossible until it’s done.” ― Nelson Mandela

Nelson Mandela, left, speaking as Will Smith, second from left and Annie Lennox, right, look on at the 46664 charity concert in honour of Mandela's upcoming 90th birthday in London. The 46664 Concert, Hyde Park. June 26, 2008. Photo: ©Edmond Terakopian

Nelson Mandela, left, speaking as Will Smith, second from left and Annie Lennox, right, look on at the 46664 charity concert in honour of Mandela’s upcoming 90th birthday in London. The 46664 Concert, Hyde Park. June 26, 2008. Photo: ©Edmond Terakopian

Speaking with friends and colleagues about the sad loss of an astonishing man, we all quickly came to realise that Nelson Mandela was unique. The world has had some inspiring leaders who have loved their country and taken it forward, but Mandela was the only leader that seems to have been equally loved by those outside of South Africa as well as in.

“No one is born hating another person because of the colour of his skin, or his background, or his religion. People must learn to hate, and if they can learn to hate, they can be taught to love, for love comes more naturally to the human heart than its opposite.” – Nelson Mandela

Nelson Mandela, left, speaking as Will Smith, second from left looks on at the 46664 charity concert in honour of Mandela's upcoming 90th birthday in London. The 46664 Concert, Hyde Park. June 26, 2008. Photo: ©Edmond Terakopian

Nelson Mandela, left, speaking as Will Smith, second from left looks on at the 46664 charity concert in honour of Mandela’s upcoming 90th birthday in London. The 46664 Concert, Hyde Park. June 26, 2008. Photo: ©Edmond Terakopian

A Powerful Tribute By David Turnley

Here’s a very moving and powerful tribute by photographer David Turnley.

“Madiba, how could they have put you in prison for 27 years when you didn’t steal anything?” Madiba responded, “Sweetheart, I did steal something. I stole freedom for our people.”

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