Yesterday evening the world lost one of its most iconic leaders when Nelson Mandela passed away at his home in Johannesburg aged 95. As you would expect some of the worlds leading figures have paid tribute to a man who changed a nation, and below we have selected just a few for you to read.
The news of Mandela’s death was broken late last evening by Jacob Zuma the current South African President, who simply said, “Our nation has lost its greatest son. Our people have lost a father.”
David Cameron and Barack Obama were also quick to pay tribute to Nelson Mandela, with Britain’s Première saying, “A great light has gone out in the world. Nelson Mandela was a hero of our time.” US President Obama said, “We’ve lost one of the most influential, courageous and profoundly good human beings that any of us will share time with. I cannot fully imagine my own life without the example set by Nelson Mandela.”
Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh was another world leader who was quick to pay tribute to Nelson Mandela. He said, “This is as much India’s loss as South Africa’s. He was a true Gandhian. His life and work will remain a source of eternal inspiration for generations to come.”
Actor Samuel L. Jackson was also quick to pay tribute to Mandela. He said, “Never met a better person in my life than Nelson Mandela. My sympathy to his family & his country.” Nelson Mandela’s life and work will be an inspiration to people all across the world, and not just South Africa, and the world will certainly be a poorer place without a man who spent nearly 30 years behind bars fighting for what he believed in. RIP Nelson Mandela.