The first black President of the United States Barack Obama praises the first president of South Africa, Nelson Mandela.
Barack Obama was in the company of Mandela’s wife Graca Machel where they celebrated 100 years since Mandela was born.
Nelson Mandela was the first black President of the republic of South Africa.
In the past 25 years ago, South Africa held its first democratic elections and Mandela won after coming out of prison.
Nelson was a noble leader and he only led South Africa for one term contrary to African dictators who clinch to power until they are forced out.
Mandela made history and his iconic leadership is emulated worldwide. After he was released from prison having spent 27 years, he did not revenge but even spearheaded the abolishment of Apartheid.
Barack Obama being the black president of a free world, he learnt a lot from Mandela’s leadership.
It was a true honor to mark these anniversaries by sitting with his wife, Graça Machel, to discuss Mandela’s legacy of justice, opportunity, and peace—and the call for all of us to carry it on, especially young people.
Obama wa also in the company of Obama Foundation leaders from Africa.
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One hundred years ago, Nelson Mandela was born, and 25 years ago, his country held its first democratic elections. It was a true honor to mark these anniversaries by sitting with his wife, Graça Machel, to discuss Mandela's legacy of justice, opportunity, and peace—and the call for all of us to carry it on, especially young people like Lesley Williams, one of our @ObamaFoundation African Leaders. As we confront division, discrimination, inequality in our own time—challenges too big for one person and too complex for one simple solution—it's easy to get discouraged. I find that it's best then, as it often is, to remind ourselves of the words of a political prisoner who rose to lead a nation and inspire the world. Because as he said: “It always seems impossible until it is done.”