AFRICA: Mandela legacy – ode to Winnie Mandela
Students of the Trent University International Program (TIP) learned a lot about the injustices of the world. TIP is a very powerful program. Trent University alone is a very small liberal arts University in Canada but what the students learn lasts for life.
The years preceding Nelson Mandela’s release from Roben Island, we had our own South Africans who were teaching us about their struggles.
The beauty of attending an Internationl School is that every student has a story from their country.
Our school used to show us films on Friday nights in the big theatre in Ottanabee College and we learned a lot. Some of the films were comedy though.
There was this one day when Mofolo Mohapi had a mission. He showed up teaching everyone who could listen how to sing “Nkosi Sikeleli Afrika”. Little did we know that he was going to do a University demonstration for FREE MANDELA. But we all just learned the song and then time came for our march.
For some reason, we did not even mind that we would skip lectures or that the University was not alerted prior to our FREEDOM song.
We sund and marched and none of us even thought that kids in Peterborough Ontario Canada could make a difference. But we marched anyway and sung our hearts out. If for to skip our lectures.
We had other students from South Africa but Mofolo Mohapi was the noisest and we all loved him so he could start a war and we would all join in.
Grown ups (we are all grown ups), our elders, they know a lot. When we were young, we did not comprehend the struggle against Apartheid. It just seemed wrong. The whole idea sounded so wrong so we rebelled against it not knowing how we could even make a difference. We just rejected it.
Today, we mourn Winnie Mandela and we miss Nelson Mandela. What we should remember is these were powerful leaders who ensured that their young know to fight for justice. AND do their young ever fight for justice. More African leaders need to leave such a legacy. To die and we say goodbye but you leave the young who will fight for the justice of Africans. Not only Africans if you think about it. Justice for everyone in the world.
Africa is going through a tumultuous time now and children of the “Pan African” leaders are leeches who do not care about the rest of their county people. Our former leaders, our liberators, their offspring kept the idea of freedom and liberation alive for everyone.
Today you look at someone like Patience Museveni saying to Ugandans “I have seen God. I talked with God. Be healed”. Tumbafu. Maybe start by telling your father to stop killing Ugandans and then we will ask if you really did see the face of GOD! Totumanyira.
Nkosi Sikeleli Afrika
Maluphakanyiswu phondo lwayo
Yizwa imithandazo yethu
Thina lu sapholwayo
Morena boloka Sechaba sa heso
O fedise dintwa le matshwenyeho
O se boloke O se boloke
SeChaba sa heso
South Afrika, South Afrika
Uit die blou van onse hemel
Uit die diepte van ons see
Oor ons ewige gebergtes waar die kranse antwoord gee
Sounds the call to come together, and united we shall stand
Let us live and strive for freedom in South Africa, our land
God bless Africa
Lift her horn on high
Hear our prayers
God bless us
Who are Your people
God save our nation
End wars and strife
South Africa, South Africa
Ringing out from our blue heavens
From our deep seas breaking round;
Over everlasting mountains where the echoing crags resound
Sounds the call to come toghether, and united we shall stand
Let us live and strive for freedom in South Africa, our land AUTO – GENERATED; Published (Halifax Canada Time AST) on: April 11, 2018 at 04:23PM