One man is ill and the whole world is worried.

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imagesI 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.fhjIn 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.

Journalists stationed around Mandela's hospital
Journalists stationed around Mandela’s hospital

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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.yfy

South Africans pouring massive support for Mandela to get well
South Africans pouring massive support for Mandela to get well

Newspapers across the world now have one major headline in common “MANDELA!. MANDELA!!, MANDELA!!!”

hg ii kgkj oiyhoih ug papersEven the South African government has had to consistently address the media about his health condition………

President Jacob Zuma addressing the media  on Mandela's health
President Jacob Zuma addressing the media on Mandela’s health

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 ;

Sani Abacha
Muammar Ghadaffi
Adolf Hitler
Saddam Hussein
Charles Taylor
Charles Taylor

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”r

That’s all for now guys. Thanks for visiting and remember to check back for more.

Johnson Madichie is a social blogger based in Lagos, Nigeria and affects the world from there.

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4 thoughts on “One man is ill and the whole world is worried.

    Uzzy said:
    June 25, 2013 at 10:33 pm

    Madiba is an Icon. And I can say 1 of the worlds best leaders. Speedy recovery Mandela.

    Agbani Oghenevbaire Jessica said:
    June 26, 2013 at 12:28 pm

    Hmmmm… is well said:
    March 20, 2014 at 11:57 pm

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