8 December 2013
There are few people who earn a place in history in the manner in which Nelson Mandela captured the hearts and minds of the millions of people across the globe, in a magnificent example of what is possible when you have faith.
It’s impossible to imagine what 27 years imprisonment will do to a man. Yet no one could have imagined that on his release in February 1990, he’d embrace the guards that kept him hostage and offer anyone who committed atrocities freedom and protection in exchange for a simple apology to the families they wronged.
Imprisoned in 1961 long before I was born, Nelson Mandela was an icon I grew up with.
As a “nobody” kid, who cared very much for what he was doing, all I could do was write. I don’t have many things from my youth, as I left home in a sort of hurry, but I do have my old songs on scraps of paper.
Not knowing how to write about such an extraordinary man who I never met, all I can offer up is this moment in time from when I was a boy back in 1983, wanting to do my bit. It remains unfinished.