Icon and legend
Winnie Madikizela-Mandela’s status as an African political and cultural icon is not up for debate. A British biopic, Mrs. Mandela, starring Sophie Okonedo aired on BBC earlier this year. An American film, Winnie,
starring Jennifer Hudson and Terrence Howard is currently in production. It is rare for an individual to live to see not one, but two motion pictures about their life stories during their lifetimes; but then again, Winnie Madikizela-Mandela is a special case.
Born Nomzamo Winifred Zanyiwe Madikizela on 26th September, 1936 in the village of eMbongweni, South Africa, should it be shocking to you, why Winnie had to go through these historic trailsin life? The fight for freedom in South Africa, the anti-apartheid struggle, the beatings, and several arrest as a leader and activist fighting for her land, her nation, her people. The nights where gunshots raveled through her house, the invisible wall that she built in her house to save her and her family, the disrespect but yet still the urge to move on, push forward and face the battle, which was finally won. Should it be shocking? Her name says it all, Nomzamo means “trial” in Xhosa (One of the official languages spoken in South Africa)
The Great Visit
I went to visit Winnie Mandela at her home in South Africa. The first message I got was clear ; “ Welcome Home.”
Building the Home
We hear a lot of artist and actors that often talk about leaving the “hood” for the suburbs. I wonder what difference we would make if we stayed in the hood to develop. This is a contrvesial topic. We ought to develop our minds first to love one another, help one another and not greed, kill or steal from one another. If Winnie were to be a musician , hers would be “ we all good now, we in the hood now, its all good now we building the hood town”And that is exactly what she is doing, building Soweto.
Just by looking at her , one will not be able to guess that Winnie Mandela was born on September 26th, 1936. That means that sher is 74 years old !!! What I saw was not a woman in her 70’s, nor a woman in her 60’s. The woman that stood before me appeared in her 50’s. “A blessing”. BEAUTIFUL. Amazing. Gorgeous. In simple words, I believe she is the most beautiful woman alive.
Wisdom, African Liberation
In Africa it is always said, pay attention the words of the old for they are full of proverbs,riddles and wisdom. The Shorttalks are the most powerful talks full of knowledge. This was what mama had to say to me
” Our liberation was your liberation. You were not free until we were free.You wouldn’t have had Obama if we had not liberated ourselves and liberated you in turn.For every black to be free in whatever part of the continent, we had to be free and we had to liberate you,and you are still not liberated but of course we are hoping with Obama there, the black man will as mately be liberated even in the US”
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