Nelson Mandela

The foreign policy environment in Nigeria and implications for Nigeria-South Africa relations: Baseline study

It is safe to assume that the character of Nigeria’s foreign policy, from the early 1960s, logically shaped her firm stance against racism and apartheid in South Africa. To date, Nigeria has held firm to her ‘Africa-centered’ foreign policy, even when vilified and accused of playing ‘Father Christmas’ around the continent.

More can be done to enhance Nigeria relations

Lagos:  I dined with a Nigerian elder last week, who told the story of how Nelson Mandela had lived in his Lagos home for several weeks in 1962 during a seven-month journey around Africa to raise support for the African National Congress’s (ANC) armed struggle. Mbazulike Amaechi, an official in Nigeria’s first post-independence government, said he was asked by the leader at the time, Nnamdi Azikiwe, to host Mandela during his visit to Nigeria in May 1962. When Mandela visited Nigeria again in 1990 to acknowledge Nigeria’s support in ending apartheid, he personally sought out Amaechi and Azikiwe to thank them.

Global Mandela: A complexity

With the world's leaders having come to South Africa for Nelson Mandela’s memorial and funeral, and with the eyes of the peoples of the world focused on us this last week, it is time to reflect on the meaning of Nelson Mandela as a world statesman.

Mandela’s success sparks Israel debate

Jerusalem:  Recent successes in the Palestinian campaign to boycott Jewish settlements have given fresh impetus to calls for sanctions against Israel like those that brought down apartheid in South Africa. Since the European Union said it would block grants and funding for any Israeli entity operating over the 1967 lines, a growing number of international bodies have taken similar steps to cut ties, in a move that has sparked alarm in Israel.  “This has happened in recent days,” commentator Chemi Shalev wrote in the newspaper Haaretz, listing a series of steps as proof that the boycott, divestment and sanctions (BDS) movement was gaining ground.

How Canada-South Africa relations have declined in the post-Mandela era

Ottawa:  As Canadians spend the week marking their country's close ties with Nelson Mandela, the celebrations have obscured a troubling reality - a steady decline in relations with South Africa. The current state of the Canada-South Africa relationship adds a darker hue to the bright portrait that has been painted since Mandela's death last week - particularly the support of former prime minister Brian Mulroney in helping win Mandela's freedom, and the considerable development assistance Canada gave his post-apartheid government. The decline started after Mandela left the presidency in 1999, and was marked by a general diplomatic drift away from the African continent, and a particularly irritating visa hurdle for South African travellers to Canada, analysts say.

Hasta la Victoria Siempre, Madiba

Cairo:  When Ernesto Guevara was assassinated, the slogan “Hasta la Victoria Siempre!” gained wide currency among his followers around the world. With the death of Nelson Mandela, I could not help but remember this slogan that says, “Till Victory, Always”. The two fought for freedom and equality for all. The generation of Third World revolutionaries to whom I belong have been attached to the ideals leaders like Mandela incarnated.

Nelson Mandela: A tribute

Lagos:  In the gallery of world statesmen of the twentieth century, Nelson Mandela occupies an exceptional position.  His name will be forever linked with the struggle of the South African people to end apartheid, the coping stone of the racism and the injustices to which they had been subjected for so long. However, this is not the heart of the matter. What sets Mandela apart in world history is the charity with which he led the struggle against apartheid and at the rendezvous of victory, successfully barred the way to any form of recrimination or racial vainglory on the part of the victorious majority.  It was the end to which every step in his long and eventful journey had been directed.

Mandela taught a continent to forgive

Accra:  For years, it seemed as though only one photograph of Nelson Mandela existed. It showed him with bushy hair, plump cheeks, and a look of serious determination. But it was a black-and-white shot, so grainy it looked ancient — a visual documentation of an era and an individual whose time had long passed.

Barack Obama's speech at Nelson Mandela's memorial service

Johannesburg:  To Graça Machel and the Mandela family; to President Zuma and members of the government; to heads of state and government, past and present; distinguished guests – it is a singular honor to be with you today, to celebrate a life unlike any other. To the people of South Africa – people of every race and walk of life – the world thanks you for sharing Nelson Mandela with us. His struggle was your struggle. His triumph was your triumph. Your dignity and hope found expression in his life, and your freedom, your democracy is his cherished legacy.

"South Africa needs to appreciate Nigeria’s role in ending apartheid"


Lagos:  As the world continues to pay tribute to anti-apartheid hero Nelson Mandela who died last Thursday, the Governor of Lagos state in Nigeria's South-west, Mr Babatunde Fashola, has called on the South Africa government to acknowledged and show more appreciation for Nigeria’s front line role in ending Apartheid in the country. “I was a teenager then around 1976 when the anti-Apartheid campaign really gained resurgence. And it was in every home in this country and the nation paid a huge price for what South Africa has become today. It was the core of Nigeria’s foreign policy,” the Governor told journalists in an interview here Monday while paying tribute to the fallen hero.


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