It is believed that his democratic approach, along with the outgoing white president de Klerk, made both sides survive. They both received the Nobel Prize for peace.
Unlike most black African leaders of his time, he remained in office only one term, he put his country first — not his Swiss bank account — and maintained a passion for country first and was not enamored by the trappings of wealth fame and stardom. His humor was legendary; he was down to earth and actively maintained a desire to make his home a new and vibrant country to lead the continent.
Mandela was loyal to his principles and made great political strides in making his former pariah country a model for Africa today. Politicians of all stripes, can learn a lot from a man named Mandela.
Dr. Henry Crichlow, a former OU Distinguished Professor, lives in Norman and has traveled extensively worldwide and writes on technical, cultural and historical issues.
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