As the world watches and mourns, it is good to step back and reflect on the man who changed everything. Few in the world today have endured the hardships he has endured and emerged unscathed by hatred and bitterness.
This is an excerpt of an interview the former South African President did with Oprah back in 2000.
“You have a limited time to stay on this earth. You must try and use that period for the purpose of transforming your country into what you desire it to be.” Nelson Mandela
After being imprisoned for nearly three decades, Nelson Mandela became a man of mythical proportions to many in South Africa and around the world. While the anti-apartheid activist’s colleagues used that power to draw attention to their cause, Mandela says he immediately set out to destroy his “semigod” image upon his release. In this clip from The Oprah Winfrey Show, he explains how he wanted to be known.