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Food for thought in Bucharest


A great man has died, one of the greatest, in my view.


Nelson Mandela died on Thursday, December 5th, 2013.

Madiba, as he was called, died on Thursday 5th December. Nelson Mandela was South Africa’s first black president. He led South Africa’s people to stop Apartheid. He spent 27 years of his life in prison because of his struggle against Apartheid. He also received the Noble peace Prize in 1992. He really was a moral example for the world and many political leaders respected him.



A video:
Here is Barack Obama’s tribute to Nelson Mandela, his personal hero.


To learn more about Nelson Mandela’s life:




A cartoon : Mandela’s release

A cartoon by Peter Brookes, published in “The Times”, December 7th, 2013


Two videos:

South Africans celebrate the life of Nelson Mandela

South Africans react to President Jacob Zuma’s announcement of the death of 
anti-apartheid Nelson Mandela. Jillian Kitchener reports.
 (December 5th, 2013- Reuters video)


Nelson Mandela, 1918-2013: Remembering an Icon of Freedom


A few protest songs

Peter Gabriel : Biko- 1987


Simple Minds: Mandela Day – 1989

"Mandela Day" is a song by the rock band Simple Minds from their album Street Fighting Years. This song was written for the Nelson Mandela 70th Birthday Tribute (also known as Mandela Day), a concert held at Wembley Stadium, London, in June 1988, as an expression of solidarity with the then-imprisoned Nelson Mandela, and was played live on that day. Read the lyrics first:


It was 25 years they take that man away
Now the freedom moves in closer every day
Wipe the tears down from your saddened eyes
They say Mandela's free, so step outside


Oh, Mandela day, ooh, Mandela's free


It was 25 years ago this very day
Held behind four walls all through night and day
Still the children know the story of that man
And we know what's going on right through your land 25 years ago


Na, na, na, na, na, Mandela day, oh, Mandela's free

The tears are flowing wipe them from your face
I can feel his heartbeat moving deep inside
It was 25 years they took that man away
And now the world came down say, "Nelson Mandela's free"


Oh, Mandela's free

The rising suns sets Mandela on his way
It's been 25 years around this very day
From the one outside to the ones inside we say


Oh, Mandela's free, oh, set Mandela free
Na, na, na, na, na, Mandela day
Na, na, na, na, na, Mandela's free


It's 25 years ago, what's going on
And we know what's going on
'Cause we know what's going on


Johnny Clegg with Nelson Mandela: Asimbonanga – 1999

Listen to this beautiful song written by South African singer Johnny Clegg as a tribute to Nelson Mandela. Read the lyrics first:


Asimbonanga--------------------(we have not seen him)
Asimbonang' umandela thina-----(we have not seen mandela)
Laph'ekhona--------------------(in the place where he is)
Laph'ehleli khona--------------(in the place where he is kept)


Oh the sea is cold and the sky is grey
Look across the island into the bay
We are all islands till comes the day
We cross the burning water




A seagull wings across the sea
Broken silence is what I dream
Who has the words to close the distance
Between you and me




Steve biko, victoria mxenge
Neil aggett
Asimbonang 'umfowethu thina----(we have not seen our brother)
Laph'ekhona--------------------(in the place where he is)
Laph'wafela khona--------------(in the place where he died)
Hey wena-----------------------(hey you!)
Hey wena nawe------------------(hey you and you as well)
Siyofika nini la' siyakhona----(when will we arrive at our destination)


The Specials: Free Nelson Mandela - 2008


A new song:
U 2: Ordinary love – November 2013 (the music of the film: “Mandela, a long walk to freedom”. This film will be released in France, on December 18th, 2013 and very soon in Romania)


Films about South Africa


1/ Invictus: a film you must see, if you haven’t seen it yet. This film is based on a true story.

Invictus-the trailer:



Francois Pienaar on Nelson Mandela – 2009 :


2/ Mandela, a long walk to freedom – 2013
The trailer:


Words of wisdom 


“Learn as if you were to live forever.” Mahatma Gandhi

2013 - Site web réalisé par Philippe STOLTZ, élève en terminale S, et Nathalie DUFAUX, professeur d anglais - Lycée Français Anna de Noailles de Bucarest.