The week that was series, normally published on Saturdays, comes one day earlier of its' schedule to honor the legacy of Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela, who transitioned on Thursday, December 5th, 2013. Many have never met him in person, myself included, but here are a few things he's been known to us as - he emerged from prison after 27 years to lead his country out of decades of apartheid. An anti-apartheid icon, a leader, a prisoner turned president, a father of modern day Africa, a freedom fighter, a general, a trailblazer, a trendsetter, a statesman, a patriarch, and a symbol of South Africa's struggle against racial oppression, Mandela's priceless legacy is sure to live on for decades to come.
He's been known to preach messages of forgiveness, rather than vengeance and he certainly inspired the world after he successfully negotiated a peaceful end to segregation and urged forgiveness for the white government that imprisoned him.
Today, the words from South African President Jacob Zuma sums up best what many who are loss for words at this time would say: "Our nation have lost its greatest son. Our people have lost a father...What made Nelson Mandela great was precisely what made him human. We saw in him what we seek in ourselves."