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Goodnight Nelson Mandela.

Today Tuesday 10th December 2013, the memorial service for the great legend was held at the FNB Stadium, Johannesburg, South Africa.

A lot of dignitaries across the globe and South Africans were present to honour the great man.

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Official Programme

Official Programme

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Barack & Michelle Obama with Maite Nkoane-Mashabane

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The Obamas with George W Bush

President Jacob Zuma

President Jacob Zuma

Winnie Mandela

Winnie Mandela

David Cameron

David Cameron

Naomi Campbell

Naomi Campbell

Kofi Annan & Desmond Tutu

Kofi Annan & Desmond Tutu

Tony Blair

Tony Blair

FW de Klerk with wife Elita

FW de Klerk with wife Elita

Thabo Mbeli with wife Zanelle

Thabo Mbeli with wife Zanelle

Bono & Charlize Theron

Bono & Charlize Theron

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South Africans show their LOVE!

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51 Comments

  1. her

    December 10, 2013 at 1:45 pm

    Goosebumps…. RIP Mandela

  2. Been there

    December 10, 2013 at 1:52 pm

    you can just feel the love…RIP Madiba…Africa loves you
    and will miss you

  3. Quirky

    December 10, 2013 at 1:58 pm

    awwwww rest in peace great Madiba

  4. Audrey

    December 10, 2013 at 2:02 pm

    happy tears. that banner that reads ” 1918 – eternity”
    EPIC!

  5. dorys

    December 10, 2013 at 2:05 pm

    The kind of love SAcans have for mandiba,if it could give
    life, he would have come back to life

  6. emmanuel

    December 10, 2013 at 2:10 pm

    indeed is agreat man….. A legend is gone, gud night
    mandiba …we love yhu!

  7. Mademoiselle

    December 10, 2013 at 2:10 pm

    Thank you for who you were and what you represented. Rest
    in peace Madiba! PS: BN, I believe it’s Thabo MbeKi not
    MbeLi.

  8. Hurperyeahmie

    December 10, 2013 at 2:13 pm

    wow RIP mandiba you won’t be forgotten in a hurry

  9. precious

    December 10, 2013 at 2:14 pm

    What a great man!!!RIP

  10. Thelma

    December 10, 2013 at 2:22 pm

    A true Legend.

  11. Fashion Rehab

    December 10, 2013 at 2:30 pm

    Wow, a true Legend

  12. naijababe

    December 10, 2013 at 2:32 pm

    A great Icon – RIP

  13. naijababe

    December 10, 2013 at 2:32 pm

    A great Icon – RIP MADIBA

  14. Loveth .O

    December 10, 2013 at 2:40 pm

    Yeah

  15. Chei

    December 10, 2013 at 2:44 pm

    had to wake up 4am USA Eastern time to watch it. Now am dozing at work but its all worth it . I will buy it if it comes on dvd

    • Guys Perspective

      December 10, 2013 at 3:17 pm

      I am sure Alaba boys are already working on the DVD.. RIP Tata

  16. Chic

    December 10, 2013 at 2:45 pm

    A true legend! meanwhile see how Michelle Obama is carrying her own umbrella #thatisall

    • Iris

      December 10, 2013 at 5:25 pm

      LOL at the umbrella thing. Exactly! And that is right in line with what was amazing about Mandela: In his humility, he managed to command (not demand or bully out) the breathtaking respect of The.Entire.World. That is all.

  17. Nonnie

    December 10, 2013 at 2:46 pm

    lalangoxolo Rolihlala Mandela!!!!

  18. wunmi

    December 10, 2013 at 2:48 pm

    I don’t know why but seeing Winnie Mandela brought tears to my eyes. I wish they had remained married till his death. RIP Mandela.

  19. Peaches

    December 10, 2013 at 2:50 pm

    So much love all over the world for this great one..#Mandela… Rest in peace…

  20. Funmilola Olusegun

    December 10, 2013 at 3:00 pm

    I pray Nigeria is not losing its importance as the so called giant of Africa. we fought aparthied with SA and our President did not make the list of dignitaries to give a tribute. if Obj was still the president am sure he would have made the list. hmmn.

  21. Bundy

    December 10, 2013 at 3:01 pm

    Crazy World. The same David Cameron that supported apartheid and hanging Mandela back then now jumping on the bandwagon. RIP Madiba!

    • Anon

      December 10, 2013 at 4:06 pm

      Really, are you sure? He was in his 20’s just out of school and starting a life of greatness in 1990 when Madiba was released so how did he support it?

    • Sarah

      December 10, 2013 at 11:58 pm

      Yes, David Cameron and his cronies in the Conservative Party are hypocrites. They labelled Nelson Mandela a terrorist during the anti-apartheid movement. Well, you have to move with the times.

    • Asanma

      December 10, 2013 at 10:44 pm

      @Bundy..Hian! How and when did Cameron support apartheid?

    • Chic

      December 11, 2013 at 10:26 am

      For all those asking when Cameron supported apartheid Google is your friend the search phrase you would be looking for is “Cameron+Hang Mandela Campaign”

  22. Aibee

    December 10, 2013 at 3:15 pm

    RIP Madiba. Mandela truly was a great man. For Winnie Mandela and Graca Machel, 2 great women with great depth and inner strength who loved him till his death, may God give you the fortitude to bear the loss.

  23. bobbydox

    December 10, 2013 at 3:21 pm

    I watched it and was really impressed and touched i would probably say the whole world was there and watching, May he rest in Peace MADIBA

  24. Lecker

    December 10, 2013 at 3:24 pm

    @ Bundy, success they say has many friends but failure has none. I am so inspired to be better and true to myself more

  25. X- Factor

    December 10, 2013 at 3:25 pm

    Greatness is not in the colour of your skin afterall……

  26. Dolapo

    December 10, 2013 at 3:37 pm

    Where are the white South Africans? Meanwhile is it true Kenyan president Uhuru Kenyatta wasn’t invited?

    • Chic

      December 10, 2013 at 4:05 pm

      He was I saw footage of world leaders arriving at the military airbase whose name escapes me and he was there. @Bundy na wa for Cameron! When Mandela first got critically ill and everyone thought he was going to die then my friend posted a photo of Cameron at a “hang Mandela campaign” back in his student days in the seventies and her caption read ” Can’t wait to hear Cameron’s, Mandela was a great man speech when he passes on #hypocrite”

    • Chic

      December 10, 2013 at 7:23 pm

      student in the eighties not seventies

  27. Anon

    December 10, 2013 at 4:07 pm

    Winnie will always be a legend in my eyes. Good to see her.

    • Idak

      December 10, 2013 at 11:34 pm

      That woman is a nasty piece of work.
      Much love to Graca for restoring Mandela’s dignity on the family front.

    • Anonymous

      December 12, 2013 at 11:24 am

      how is she a nasty piece of work, she fought apartheid with the tools that were provided to her, she suffered more than Mandela did IMO

  28. Kaytee

    December 10, 2013 at 4:11 pm

    RIP madiba. Who can die in our country Nigeria and has ds kind of crowd?ds is a lesson or message to all politicians.

  29. Dee

    December 10, 2013 at 4:12 pm

    What we do in life, echoes in eternity. RIP Tata Madiba.

  30. Concerned

    December 10, 2013 at 4:23 pm

    This is a food for though for both past and present Nigeria leaders. Can they get such reaction from Nigerian in death. Nigerian leaders are quick to make statements and associate themselves with Mandela’s legacy meanwhile non is willing to fight for the suffering masses. All they care about is self and family and how to loot Nigeria’s treasury and perpetuate themselves in office.

    Rest in peace Madiba. You represented humanity in youur life’s cause not just the South Africans. The world mourns you and your footsteps shall forever be in the sand of time.

  31. quuen B

    December 10, 2013 at 5:51 pm

    David Cameron indeed is the worst hypocrite ever,and a
    despicable one at that,but alas everything happens for a
    reason,there had to be a Judas for Jesus to die for our sins.So
    indeed there has to be a Cameron to recognise hypocrysy in its
    highest peak and for the whole world to see just how amazingly
    great a ma Madiba was.Iso love this man,humble,true,forgiving and
    true inspiration for all mankind.Fare thee well,may you rest in the
    bosom of the Lord!

  32. Metche

    December 10, 2013 at 7:46 pm

    Tata Madiba The Great Legend is gone. You will forever be
    in our hearts. May your gentle soul Rest in Perfect Peace

  33. Go well Madiba

    December 10, 2013 at 8:27 pm

    Uhuru was indeed there. I would have loved to see more
    African leaders speaking about the respect and love they had for
    Madiba but I guess ours is not a continent of good leaders, which
    makes his passing all the more painful. Who is left to admire? This
    year has been too much….first Achebe and now Madiba. If you
    search both names there is a beautiful picture of the two of them
    together. Go well Nelson.

  34. tmc (healthy hair n skin tips)

    December 10, 2013 at 8:32 pm

    thanks for sharing the pictures. His legacy will live on forever, though I hope the current president will be motivated and insipred by current events to deal with the issues and poverty and violence against women in the country.
    themanecaptain.blogspot.ca

  35. Dee

    December 10, 2013 at 9:53 pm

    Powerful photos! colorful aswell…….. RIP Nelson Mandela

  36. FJD

    December 10, 2013 at 10:54 pm

    The last pix is really COOL!

  37. NNENNE

    December 11, 2013 at 4:34 am

    I could never think of a better way to inspire the next generation of Africans. Thank you Mandela!

  38. Black Child

    December 11, 2013 at 7:42 am

    He was indeed a great man. A man of integrity, selflessness, justice etc. We cannot all “save the world” like the great Mandela, but we can make a difference in our little ways, by making positive impacts on the lives of the people we come across on a daily basis. RIP Madela, the world will surely miss you.

  39. Merciful1

    December 11, 2013 at 5:17 pm

    You may have stepped on toes in your quest for equality between blacks and whites as the white race will castigate you, but it is clear that even as a corpse you are a force no one could, can or will ever reckoned with. You are just sleeping cos your works has been written in books that generation upon generation will read, written as script for movies that generation upon generation will watch, thus children unborn will know of you. I pray all these mediums should impact patriotism if not for the leaders living today, at least for those of generations unborn. I have this feeling that your successor is certainly somewhere and will show up at the right time just as you did and fought for your people. A hero never dies RIP MADIBA.

  40. 'Midé

    December 11, 2013 at 7:56 pm

    The curtain just closed on the world’s finest gentleman. They don’t come bred like that anymore.

  41. Amiphat

    December 12, 2013 at 2:48 pm

    May the great man rest in peace.

    A tad disappointed at the fact that even with the number of South Africans living in Nigeria, the businesses between us and also the Nigerians living in SA, Namibia was the country chosen to represent the African continent.

    I won’t even bring up Nigeria’s support in freeing the man.

    It’s is well. Sun re oh.

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