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Our Madiba: Stories and Reflections from those who met Nelson Mandela | Biography

Melanie Verwoerd

Meeting Mandela in 1990 changed Melanie Verwoerd’s life dramatically. After his death people from all walks of life, kept approaching her with stories of how meeting him had impacted on their lives.

As her personal tribute to Madiba, Melanie started collecting these anecdotes and asked those who had stories of meetings with Mandela to send these to her.

The result is a moving tribute to Madiba, with a rich mix of glimpses into Mandela’s soul. Uniquely this book gives ordinary South Africans an opportunity to share their stories of meeting their beloved Madiba, often in the most unexpected way. Mandela’s housekeeper, one of his bodyguards, the boy he met in a hotel lift, the girl whose birthday he shared and many others write about the lasting impression meeting Mandela left on them. The book includes special contributions by Archbishop Tutu, Angelique Kidjo, Francois Pienaar, John Carlin and Richard Attenborough.

These sometimes astonishing, always inspirational stories reveal aspects of Mandela’s personality, from humility to humour. It might make readers laugh and sometimes cry, but will always inspire.

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Our Madiba: Stories and Reflections from those who met Nelson Mandela | Biography

Author: Melanie Verwoerd
Category: Biography
ISBN: 9780624066354
Date Released: 21 July 2014
Price (incl. VAT): R 245.00
Format: Soft cover, 372pp

About this author

Melanie Verwoerd

When Melanie Verwoerd was a pupil at Bloemhof Girls in Stellenbosch dedicating every spare hour to ballet, no one would have predicted that she would one...