Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela, popularly known as Madiba in South Africa, turned 90 on July 18. Read more about him in this link.
Madiba on a stamp issued by the former USSR . . . the 10 kopeck (1 rouble = 100 kopecks) stamp issued in 1988 reads Fighter for freedom of Africa – Nelson Mandela . . .
Madiba is one of the greatest leaders to have walked upon the Earth. Everyone knows about his struggle against the despicable system of racial segregation and discrimination called apartheid and his role in building a democratic South Africa. He is not power hungry and left the stage after a single term as the President of South Africa. Even after retirement from politics, he has always fought for issues that are close to his heart – Truth and Reconciliation in South Africa, the fight againt HIV/AIDS and Human Rights. What makes him a great human being and a true patriot is that he acknowledged the Human Rights violations by his own party during the anti-apartheid struggle in order to assist the Truth and Reconciliation process in his beloved country. Even on his 90th birthday, he has spoken about the need to fight poverty and inequality and has criticised rich and powerful South Africans for not doing enough to help their less fortunate fellow citizens. Madiba is also a strong supporter of Ubuntu.
Madiba is a person who will fight injustice and disgusting systems and practices till his very last breath! The Earth needs many more true world leaders and great human beings like Madiba! Belated birthday wishes, Madiba!!!