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King Nelson Mandela's Last Present
In what were the final moments of the legendary global icon, Nelson Mandela, her oldest surviving child, Dr Makaziwe Mandela received a final gift on his behalf, and shared her thoughts.
The concise classic 100 GREATEST AFRICAN KINGS AND QUEENS was presented by Ama Commey, the 11 year old daughter of the author Pusch Commey.
Describing the book as beautiful , timely and seminal Makaziwe recounted the African royal lineage of her illustrious father, and gave insight into what made the man.
“The name Mandela originated from our great grandfather Mandela, who was born in 1820. He was the son of King Ngubengcuka, the fourth Monarch of the aba Thembu. Mandela gave birth to Chief Mphakanyisa Henry Gadla Mandela who gave birth to our father Rolihlahla Nelson Mandela. It is indisputable that Nelson Mandela’s development, beliefs and convictions, including his principled stand on inclusivity were derived from sitting at the feet of his elders. It is this African value that has made him the world icon that he is today.”
The first volume covers 10 illustrious African Kings and Queens with breathtaking original illustrations. They range from the alluring Cleopatra V11 of Egypt to the richest man who ever lived, Emperor Mansa Musa of Mali. According to Pusch Commey, there are 9 more volumes of 90 Monarchs to come, who like Mandela, were magnificent examples of leadership, as well as great representatives of Africa. The book was written to inspire the continent,with Mandela. It has been adapted as The Glory of African Kings and Queens, for children.
Makaziwe added “ Tata Mandela’s legacy after his reconciliation project was focused on children. The Nelson Mandela Children’s fund has been active on the educational front. The state -of- the -art Nelson Mandela Children’s hospital is work in progress. The man himself spent a great deal of energy during his retirement to persuade captains of industry to build schools for children, and promote non-racialism. King Mandela, as people will like to remember him, was always a humble servant of the people. The House of Mandela will carry this torch with pride.”
She added “ The greatest service to Tata’s (father) memory is what he sacrificed for , and what was dear to his heart; a better non-racial world for children. For many years he celebrated his birthday parties with a host of children at his hometown in Qunu. In his old age he was surrounded by his children, grandchildren and great grandchildren. In truth, he was the father of the world ”
As the immense legacy of the icon pervades the world Makaziwe is in no doubt where that legacy is going to be invested - in the children of the world.
The book 100 Greatest African Kings and Queens is currently available online at Amazon and all major online bookshops. http://www.amazon.com/
Hardcopies are available from Real African Publishers www.realafricanpublishers.com, who also published the bestseller Tastes from Nelson Mandela’s Kitchen. Nelson Mandela’s last gift will be disributed to bookshops globally in December 2013, in time for those looking for a Christmas or Kwanzaa gift.
Page Updated Last on: Dec 17, 2013