Madiba the Great


Rolihlahla you were called by name

Meaning troublesome one

A strapping, towering 6ft frame

South Africa’s favourite son

Incarcerated for 27 long years

In a long fight for freedom

You came to relieve all our fears

Enlightening us with your wisdom

“Free Nelson Mandela”

Is what the people sung

The prison doors were opened

The Long Walk to Freedom begun

You taught us forgiveness

And to not give up the fight

In being united with our brothers and sisters

Be they black or be they white

The shackles of racial hatred

Fell victoriously to the ground

As you raised your fist in the air

Your name they proudly sound

You came to set your people free

From the injustice, struggle and fight

To show that each and everyone of us

Are all equal in God’s sight

As you took your final breath

We remember all the good you have done

Your work on earth is now finished

While ours has just begun

Β© Copyright 2020, Darell J Philip

International Nelson Mandela Day

49 thoughts on “Madiba the Great

  1. Rosemary Phillips

    Nelson is one of the greatest men known in bringing freedom to his country and people. His efforts will not be forgotten. A great champion indeed.

    • Thanks for your timely comment Rosemary. May we continue to remember the great legacy of Mandela especially in times like these! πŸ˜€πŸ™πŸ’›πŸ‘ŠπŸŽ‰πŸ’ŸπŸ’―

  2. Nelson Mandela ❀️

    There’s a quote of his that’s one of my favorites.

    He once said β€œit always look impossible until it’s done”

    And i use this quote to fuel up my desire in me to start anything that I intend to do.

    He is really an inspiration to people of all races and colors.

    He’s a legend ❀️

    • Thanks so much brother πŸ˜πŸ’― Yes Mandela was a great leader and Madiba was his tribe name (he belonged to the Xhosa tribe) which means “Father.” πŸ˜€ πŸ™πŸ’›πŸ‘ŠπŸŽ‰

  3. God I love MandelaπŸ’š. He was and with his legacy still is an inspiration and gift to the human race.
    I especially love a quote of his which is this: “it always seems impossible until it is done”.

    • Joel, I love the Mandela quote you have given here and your comment on the continual impact of his legacy today! Great to hear from you brother! πŸ˜€πŸ™πŸ’›πŸ‘ŠπŸŽ‰πŸ’ŸπŸ’―πŸ‘

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