Nelson Mandela passed away on Thursday and left behind a simple will in which he expressed his wish of being buried in the village where he grew up.
Nelson Mandel wanted to be buried in natal village of Qunu (realitatea.net)
Nelson Mandela wrote his will in 1996 on an A4 sheet demanding to be buried on a remote hillside of his childhood village, Qunu. Furthermore he wanted to have a grave marked with a simple headstone.
“It was made clear in his will that he wanted to be buried in Qunu. He was traditionalist and that’s why he wanted to go back there,” said a source close to the family some time ago, when the health of the former President was extremely precarious.
Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela, from the South African tribe Xhosa, is an icon of universal battle for freedom and human dignity. He was an anti-apartheid revolutionary and politician who became the first black president of the Republic of South Africa between 1994 and 1999.
This happened after spending previously 27 years in political detention between 1962 and 1990, including 18 years of imprisonment in a prison cell on the notorious Robben Island.
A 1993 Nobel Peace Prize laureate, “Madiba” was born on July 18, 1918 , and his last months of life was a constant battle with the ruthless disease.
Nelson Mandela has died according to an announced made Thursday evening by the South African President Jacob Zuma. Mandela, the first black president of South Africa and a hero of the anti-apartheid fight, was 95-year-old. (Remembering South Africa’s symbol! scroll down for video archive)
South African symbol Nelson Mandela died on Thursday. Here, Mandela and Bill Clinton in 1993 (Wikimedia CC0)
Previously, the station E-News informed that President Zuma will address the nation shortly on an “issue of national importance.”
Since September 1, Nelson Mandela had been cared for at home by a team of 22 doctors, after being hospitalized for almost three months due to a lung infection.
The pulmonary problems of the Nobel Peace laureate were probably linked to a tuberculosis contracted while in detention on the island-prison “Robben Island”, where he spent 18 of the 27 years of incarceration.
Nelson Mandela was born on July 18, 1918. A speaker of the Xhosa language and pulling out of the royal family of the tribe Thembu, Mandela attended the University of Fort Hare and the University of Witwatersrand, where he studied law.
Living in Johannesburg, he was involved in anti-colonial politics, becoming a member of the African National Congress and one of the founders of the African National Congress Youth League, the young organization of the party.
1948 marked the arrival of the National Party, which began implementation of apartheid . Mandela has gained notoriety in 1952 in the so-called Defiance Campaign against Unjust Laws, a peaceful initiative of civil disobedience. In 1953, Nelson Mandela became the head of the party organization in the Transvaal region, supervising the Congress of the People conference in 1955 when a coalition of ANC-led parties opposed to apartheid formed.
Working as a lawyer, Mandela was arrested several times for inciting to riot. Along with the leadership of the party, he was tried for treason between 1956 and 1961 but was not convicted.
Although initially a supporter of the peaceful opposition, Mandela revised later his position becoming co-founder of Umkhonto we Sizwe, the military faction of the African National Congress, which was responsible for a number of bomb attacks against the government. Arrested in 1962, he was sentenced to life in prison on June 12, 1964 and released 27 years later on 11 February 1990, following an international lobby campaign for his cause.
Subsequently he became president of the African National Congress (ANC) and published his autobiography. He led negotiations with President FW de Klerk to abolish apartheid and organize free multi-racial elections in 1994, which he won becoming the first black president in South Africa.
Despite being a controversial figure during his entire life, – with right wing critics denouncing him as a terrorist and a communist sympathizer -, Mandela received over 250 international awards for its position regarding colonialism and discrimination.
Among them: the Nobel Peace Prize, the Presidential Medal of Freedom and the Order of Lenin. Mandela received the Nobel Prize in 1993 together with the previous president of the country, Frederik Willem de Klerk.
Video: Nelson Mandela died at 95 (Mandela speech during prison release)
Video: Nelson Mandela addresses nation after elected President
A playful dog of the Obama family knocked down a 2-year-old girl who was helping the First Lady of the United States to decorate the Christmas tree.
Sunny, the second dog of the Obamas after Bo, gave a thrill to all those present at the White House, when he jumped on the girl and threw her to the ground.
The little girl was not injured, but animal’s unexpected gesture of affection scared her a bit. The dog was well-intentioned as he wanted in fact to play with the toddler. Sunny’s leash was pulled back by the First Lady Michelle Obama, but the canine approached the girl again and licked her face.
The girl was part of a group of children from military families who came to give a hand to Michelle Obama who was making efforts to decorate the White House before the winter holiday.
Video: White House incident: Dog Sunny pushed girl, knocked her to ground
Lionel Messi and Kobe Bryant made show in the most recent advertisement for Turkish Airlines (scroll down for video).
Lionel Messi and Kobe Bryant advertising Turkish Airlines
This time, the two sport superstars have visited several locations around the globe during the campaign “Expand your world.” Messi and Kobe were armed with cameras and challenged each other in finding as many interesting areas around the world from China’s Great Wall, Moscow’s Red Square to Maldives, the jungles of South Africa and the red carpet in Hollywood.
The advert ends right in Istanbul with Kobe Bryant going into Messi’s picture.
The ad was published on Youtube on December 3 and gathered more than 8 million views in less than 2 days. The clip is accompanied by the following caption: “Basketball star Kobe Bryant and football icon Lionel Messi are back in this epic face-off for selfie supremacy. Armed with cameras and Turkish Airlines – the carrier that flies to more countries than any other – these superstars show up and show off across the globe.”
VIDEO: Messi and Bryant in commercial ad for Turkish Airlines
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