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The best front-page tributes to Nelson Mandela from around the world


On Thursday, Dec. 5, 2013, the immortal human rights icon Nelson Mandela laid his head down on his pillow for the last time. As word quickly spread across the globe that the Nobel Peace Prize winner had transitioned to a higher plane of consciousness, the world’s newspapers and magazines bestowed a colorful tribute to the man who transformed the political landscape of his home country of South Africa as well as around the planet.

Take a look.

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  1. Gerald Kithinji on December 12, 2013 at 4:10 pm

    Fare Thee Well, Madiba

    Goodbye, Grand Warrior of Mveso

    Of Qunu, of Transkei, of Soweto

    Grand Warrior of Rivonia and Robben Island

    Goodbye, Grand Warrior of Azania, of Africa

    Fare thee well, beloved icon of the World

    Fare thee well, resilient Madiba

    I speak not with anger though I ought to

    I speak not with bitterness though I should

    These you banished, Grand Warrior

    When you embraced humanity and hope

    You battled anger, bitterness and vengeance

    You won peace, truth and freedom

    And you won Africa and the World

    Grand Warrior, you won them all

    You won me over, too, Madiba

    For while you were on the Isle

    Frozen in time and space

    Anger and vengeance we embraced

    Where are our people? (Silence)

    What have you done to our people? (Silence)

    Where is the justice for our people? (Silence)

    Can silence answer me? (Silence)

    What’s that you say? What?

    And again they responded with silence.

    Why, we asked, why this impunity?

    Why pretend to be a Nation

    A Nation, that is, without a State?

    Was that not, we asked ourselves,

    What you were prepared to die for?

    What you were frozen in time and space for?

    So, anger we seized, arms outstretched

    And stoked the fire of vengeance, yes

    Many were the casualties, as you know

    And much blood was shed and limbs broken

    As witness the myriad battles and battlefronts

    That turned South Africa into a war zone

    Then finally and triumphantly, Grand Warrior

    You and the thousands that were incarcerated

    For giving voice or limb to our cause

    Returned home, Grand Warrior,

    As free men and women of a Nation

    In need of a leader and a Vision

    You gave us that, Grand Warrior

    You conquered my anger and my bitterness

    You conquered my vengeance, Madiba

    You showed the World the way, Madiba

    And forged a great nation, the Rainbow Nation

    I was there with the happy multitudes

    Yet now I must accept the dictates of life

    The dictates of humanity, of who we are

    You leave us a strong Nation, South Africa

    Where we had lived like unwelcome strangers

    We are now the proud owners and shapers

    Of our collective destiny and inheritance

    I know and we all know that your life

    Great Son of Hendry and Nosekeni

    Descendant of King Ngubengcuka

    I say we now know without a doubt

    That your life had a great purpose

    And your departure a great legacy

    How does one mourn a hero of your stature?

    How does one mourn a great statesman?

    How does one mourn a Grand Warrior?

    Except to say you were posted to Azania

    That we may see the light and be free

    And are now en route to another front?

    Go well, my brother, Great Son of Africa

    We shall never forget, brother mine,

    Carne da mesma
    carne, sim,

    Your call for peaceful coexistence

    For we know, my brother, yes, we know

    We are in the same South Africa boat.

    I want you to know, Madiba, my Brother,

    As you embark on your final journey

    That millions are distraught to see you go

    And that of all those, I am the most distraught.

    May your legacy endure throughout the ages!

    Goodbye, symbol of our freedom, adeus.