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I was in my classroom in St. Louis Primary School, kano one fateful day back in 1990 when all off a sudden, the school authorities called for an emergency assembly. Our classes were ended abruptly and we all reported to the assembly ground. “What could be the announcement” I wondered in my teenage mind……..what could have been so important for the primary school to call for an “emergency” assembly?
Shortly, a school official made an announcement and put us out of our curiosity …. “Mandela has been released from prison after 27 years”. Immediately, jubilation broke up every where, although looking back now, i’m not really sure what really made us to jubilate, whether it was the announcement of Mandela’s freedom or the fact that we were asked to go home and celebrate. lol
Well its no longer news that Former South African President Nelson Mandela is critically ill.In the past few months, he has been in and out of hospital with a lung infection but that’s not why i’m writing this post. Guys, what’s really “tripping” me is the fact that the world has literarily stood still since he became hospitalized. Governments are calling for prayers, countries are concerned, people are perturbed, so much so that journalists no longer sleep. They have literarily set-up a media village around the hospital where he is.
For me, this exemplifies one thing :THE POWER OF A GOOD NAME. Mandela stood up for a cause – Freedom, and he defended it inspite of all odds. Not even a 27 year jail term could stop him. He remained resolute for a good cause and today, he’s got the world seriously worried because he’s hospitalized.
Newspapers across the world now have one major headline in common “MANDELA!. MANDELA!!, MANDELA!!!”
The world is practically on stand-still…….not because of a nuclear war or a global catastrophe but because of the health of one man!. My goodness! . He made so much impact that his current health status is a universal concern.
At this point I ponder and ask myself, would the world have been this worried and scared if the following former world leaders were critically ill like him ;
Your answer is as good as mine. Mandela is 94 years old and has defied several rumours of his death in the past. As he lays critically ill in Mediclinic Heart hospital in Pretoria, South Africa , we can only pray and say, “Get well soon Madiba”
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