We celebrate your life, what you did for Africa and its people and, more than this, we celebrate the dignified and compassionate way in which you did it.
Your journey through life showed us what the human spirit can achieve. A long walk to freedom, not only for the body, but also for the spirit.
Thank you for your life. May our lives be the reflection of your life. We love you.
- 1918 Born in the Eastern Cape
- 1943 Joins African National Congress
- 1956 Charged with high treason but charges dropped
- 1962 Arrested, convicted of sabotage, sentenced to five years in prison
- 1964 Charged again, sentenced to life
- 1990 Freed from prison
- 1993 Wins Nobel Peace Prize
- 1994 Elected first black president
- 1999 Steps down as leader
- 2004 Retires from public life