The answers I got made me feel we all have an impression of the former president thus the seemingly "safe" responses. Had we known our history, not only about him, we could have elaborated much more when asked this question.
Please don't get me wrong, I am preaching to my own choir here... All I knew about him before I did all this research was that he was highly revered by people especially accross the globe. They seemed to be more in the know about him than we did.
I only knew the stuff in the shallow end, the 27 years; February 1990 and excerpts of the highly publicized famous speech.
There was this one time when he was at the Ka-Nyamazane stadium, I think it was 1999, and an uncle of mine had taken me and my nieces there so we could shake his hand... I was probably 12 years old and rememeber vividly, how I watched him from a far and somewhere somehow I ended up not going for the handshake yet I could feel his presence from my seat... there was a certain humilty to him that I rarely saw in the people on TV... pity I missed my chance to get a handshake.
This is what I'm doing in memorial, In the next 3 days I'll be finding out all the small things that the media may have covered or missed and share it with all of you. You can help me by keeping the conversation going and retweeting, sharing and responding to the posts. Tata Mandela said this about education:
"Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world."
I say we should celebrate his life by perpetuating the conversation.