By Jacinta Kaahwa Baguma
On Friday, December 5, 2013, Africa woke to a shock of losing her most beloved, inspirational and humble son.
It is a melancholy that death could not spare his soul. We grieved, mourned, paid tribute and gave him a noble send off. But what did we learn from his 95 years on this earth? We need to emulate him practically.
We all have the ability to change the world right from where we are; let us learn lessons and apply them. By meditating one of Mandela’s quotes He said “I am fundamentally an optimist, whether that comes from nature or nurture, I cannot say and part of being optimistic is keeping ones head pointed towards the sun, ones feet moving forward.
There were many dark moments when my faith in humanity was sorely tested, but I would not and could not give myself up to despair, that way and lays death”. I can boldly say that it only takes an agile A to Z complete human to think, say and act the same but we can as well believe, begin and thus become.
Going to the Archives, Mandela in the letter he wrote on August 1, 1970, he made a line “social equality is the only basis of human happiness”. We thus all can mind and work toward each others happiness.
Walking back to leadership of Apartheid South Africa, Mandela had all the pull factors behind him to divert him from his “walk to freedom”, but this did not take him back not for even once.
In 1983, PW Botha (the big crocodile) who was the American President of Apartheid South Africa gave a speech that I can lightly term as “a threat to the black race”, by then.
In his speech he said, “we are not obliged even the least to try to prove to anybody and to the blacks that we are superior people. We have demonstrated that to the blacks in 1001 ways,” Hedgehogs are not porcupines and lizards are not crocodiles, because they look alike.
If God had wanted us to be equal to the blacks, he would have created us all uniform colour and intellect”. Reading this makes ones heart miss a beat but for the humble walk had to be completed. Both Mandela and Botha had goals to meet and thus acted towards the same.
This is not ironical though and does not call for any feel of denial or self pity but needs us to think twice, thrice and more. Yes we have accepted the fact that we lost his body and soul but his memory still shall live in us. Let us make him feel proud of us wherever he is.
Let us borrow a leaf and focus on the justice of all humanity.
The writer works with Imperial Bank Uganda Ltd