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What Has Mandela Done For Africa?

The point of this post is to generate debate, a critical re-look into what and who defines an African hero.

Do we allow WEST define for us an African hero or do we define for ourself who is an African hero?

Mandela is case study.

What has Mandela done for Africa?

Burundi/Rwanda he did not speak-up

Dafur he did not speak-up

Sudan/Somali he did not speak-up

Even the killing of Africans by his people in South African he did not speak-up

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same thing.

when whitey says jump you only ask how high.

That said, I dont worry myself too much about Mandela. Let him keep doing his stuff, imo.

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Mandela has done his part.

He fought for his own fight to liberate the black in South Africa.

Black man has chance to rule and all that, but here is my question, is the rule of black man helpful?

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Very sadly, few people make it into the pantheon of greatness before they die. Mandela is the only one so far in our lifetime.

That level of greatness will always be a rarity.

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When people/celebrities are asked who's the greatest person you've ever met or want to meet,90% say Mr Mandela.He's done all he could,how come we have so few heroes after him? Same way we've had few genuine freedom fighters after Gani Fawehinmi.

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thanks. from above we can say below are also african heros:

1. Ken Saro Wiwa

2. General Ojukwu(Biafra)

3. Henry Okha(MEND)

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@Beaf

He was definitely the founder of the military wing, but the man who orchestrated the bombings is called CHRIS HANI(look him up)

As I said, Mandela at that time was in robben island were he had no direct influence in those bombings.

After imprisonment(1990), South Africa looked likely to be in a civil war but he orchestrated peaceful negotiations with the Apartheid Government which led to be the worlds biggest political breakthrough in modern day politics.

Besides is there anything terrorist in spending 67 years fighting for human rights?

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Mandela fight for South Africa Peoples Not for Africa. That is all I study about Mandela

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It is important that we recognise how far Mandela went in his fight for his beliefs - the real man behind the Wetern guilt gloss. His conviction was so strong that he was willing to die. There is a misconception that he didn't take part in any violence, but that is false. He fought the right fight, laying his life down for the freedom of his people. After struggling peacefully for years with no fruit, in 1961, Mandela co-founded the armed wing of the ANC, Umkhonto we Sizwe. The strength and leadership of Mandela comes from his application of the right tools for the struggle at the right times, like all great men; his deep convictions and steadfastness without hatred. Below are extracts from a wikipedia article on Mandela.

In 1961, Mandela became leader of the ANC's armed wing, Umkhonto we Sizwe (translated Spear of the Nation, and also abbreviated MK), which he co-founded.[30] He coordinated sabotage campaigns against military and government targets, making plans for a possible guerrilla war if the sabotage failed to end apartheid.[31] Mandela also raised funds for MK abroad and arranged for paramilitary training of the group.[31]

Fellow ANC member Wolfie Kadesh explains the bombing campaign led by Mandela: "When we knew that we [sic] going to start on 16 December 1961, to blast the symbolic places of apartheid, like pass offices, native magistrates courts, and things like that ,  post offices and ,  the government offices. But we were to do it in such a way that nobody would be hurt, nobody would get killed."[32] Mandela said of Wolfie: "His knowledge of warfare and his first hand battle experience were extremely helpful to me."[9]

Mandela described the move to armed struggle as a last resort; years of increasing repression and violence from the state convinced him that many years of non-violent protest against apartheid had not and could not achieve any progress.[9][33]

Later, mostly in the 1980s, MK waged a guerrilla war against the apartheid regime in which many civilians became casualties.[31] Mandela later admitted that the ANC, in its struggle against apartheid, also violated human rights, sharply criticising those in his own party who attempted to remove statements supporting this fact from the reports of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission.[34]

Up until July 2008, Mandela and ANC party members were barred from entering the United States — except the United Nations headquarters in Manhattan — without a special waiver from the US Secretary of State, because of their South African apartheid regime era designation as terrorists.[35][36]

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nelson_Mandela

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@ landis

The last time I checked, south Africa was still in Africa. Have they changed it? If they have then I get your point but if they have not then, name one African leader that has done up to half of what mandela did for south Africa in their country. Thank you.

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Guys, I like to know concrete things he did for Africa not south Africa.

Mandela remains the greatest African ever (dead or alive). He would have chosen to make himself the life president of South Africa like other greedy African leaders who prefer to die as presidents but he never did that. is this not examplary enough?

if this makes him greatest African ever then Obasanjo is twice greater. He handed over to civilian Govt twice!

Disclaimer:

I know Mandela is a great man.

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I believe that Mandela has done alot for africa and is a symbol for peace, does that answer your question?

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@ yoruba

You have not really responded to my question. Wich side do you belong to?

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First I would to say that I was born in Nigeria who is living South Africa (for the past 6 years) and fortunate to experience the good side of South Africans. But with South Africa now is facing 'economic apartheid' and there is such a vast difference with regards to class regardless black or white. The poor community feels neglected in the new South Africa and while the black middle class reaping good benefits thus creates a very hostile situation(i.e crime). Other countries facing huge class difference are mexico, brazil and columbia and just like SA crime is a major problem.

As for Mandela though he has done his part and he is, sorry was a good leader and South Africa now needs to break away from there economic apartheid, I think that should solve South Africa's problems.

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@yoruba

whats your opinion?

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@ yoruba

So which side are you in this discuss?

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, Im in SOUTH AFRICA, living with SOUTH AFRICANS,

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You lack serious knowledge and Im not willing to argue with you, go look up info regarding Nelson Mandela.

As for terrorist, the apartheid government named him a terrorist because he was rebelling against the current regime and once more show you are highly ignorant, the bombings in SA occured in the 1980's when he was still in prison(Robben Island). The idea of placing him in an island is for him not to have any communication with world thus he had absolute no authority regarding the people that bombed that area. Further more isnt it enough for a person to spend 67 years of his life fighting for human rights.

And so for the bombings, study South African history before you make an argument.

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How can you compare Mandela to present day terrorists? This Man mandela fought for his people's freedom, he did no go about bombing himself and others because he wanted freedom for his people. And you will agree with me that South Africa is a predominantly black counry, then why should the minorities (whites) run her affairs and in the most in-humane manner. You know the truth but just want to creat an agurement in here. As far as am concern, Mandela remains the greatest African ever (dead or alive). He would have chosen to make himself the life president of South Africa like other greedy African leaders who prefer to die as presidents but he never did that. is this not examplary enough?

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Mandela was a commander of Umkhonto we Sizwe http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Umkhonto_we_Sizwe

He was present at the testing of their very first bomb.

I really don't think it is apropriate to deviate from the subject of this article to begin defining terrorism and freedom fighting. Mandela has done his bit, spent his youth at robben island; he is now an old man. There isn't much more you can ask of a man.

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what part exactly did he do?

was this a terrorist act or not?

why are today's 'freedom' fighters are called terrorists.

in understanding these, we can illuminate how they shape our lives.

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Mandela is a very old man. He did his bomb making to fight for freedom as a young man. Let the man rest. Wetin!

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