As I know that there are many portuguese following my blog, take a look at this report about me. I'm very fond of Portugal, as my wife, Graça, studied there, in Lisbon. I think it is a great country and with very good and kind people. Thank you all portuguese who have been here commenting and have closely followed my posts.
Best regards, N.M.
quinta-feira, 31 de março de 2011
quarta-feira, 30 de março de 2011
segunda-feira, 28 de março de 2011
sábado, 26 de março de 2011
sexta-feira, 25 de março de 2011
Mandela Day was an event started in 2009. It was inaugurated on my birthday, 18th July. It’s not a big and fancy event, but it’s a kind of tribute to my heritage in South Africa as a free country. It’s normally organized by “Nelson Mandela Foundation” and “46664”. The number 67 is the significant number of this day, once I’ve fought for 67 years to release my country from injustice chains. This number, each year is the motto for a challenge. This year the challenge is “67 ways to change our world”. This day is remarkable and is for you, each one of you, to think of a little thing you would change in your life that could change many lives. This day is just to remember you that each day must be one more step to fulfill your dreams. 18th July is that way, a day you can reflect about how you can leave your mark in the world, and be remembered for you acts.
“Make everyday a Mandela Day”
Mandela Day link: http://www.nelsonmandela.org/mandeladay/index.html
terça-feira, 22 de março de 2011
I learned that courage was not the absence of fear, but the triumph over it. The brave man is not he who does not feel afraid, but he who conquers that fear.
I dream of an Africa which is in peace with itself.
terça-feira, 15 de março de 2011
The shirts I use are my symbol. I have always used them as an icon, a call to love and happiness! They're my formal wear, even when I was a President. I feel comfortable and peolpe see me as a person close to them, not so formal and distant, as I belonged to another status. I'm from peolpe, I'm like peolpe, and I'm for people.
Well, here's a website I found, and were you can have your shirt just like mine. This is kind of funny to me, seeing peolpe looking at me as a different but familiar man.
quinta-feira, 10 de março de 2011
"New hands be found to lift the burden."
"I announce that my son has died of AIDS. Let us give publicity to HIV/AIDS and not hide it, because the only way to make it appear like a normal illness like [tuberculosis], like cancer, is always to come out and to say somebody has died because of HIV/AIDS. And people will stop regarding it as something extraordinary"
- 46664 Foundation: http://www.46664.com/
terça-feira, 8 de março de 2011
terça-feira, 22 de fevereiro de 2011
They were with me in every little, but marking moment of my life. I want to express here my gratitude for all they've done for me. My impossibility of being present in some of their important moments because of my political life, brought me some sorrow. I couldn't, for example, be present in my son's funeral because I was in jail.
I'm sorry for all those little fails, but I'm glad I can now say to the world that I have the best family I could have. I had 3 wives and 5 children, but only two of them are still alive. This is a small tribute to all of them, here or not, close or far away. This family made me the man I am today, and this is the way I thank them for all that. I'm a big man, but without this shinning stars encouraging me, I would be just one more lonely black hole.
"Other things may change us, but we start and end with the family." Anthony Brandt
quarta-feira, 16 de fevereiro de 2011
I was surfing the Internet today, and I came across this funny cartoon! It's a very light way of showing how we can fight for our dreams, but it's really a summary of what you have to do to achieve your goals, just as I did!
Always try, try hard and do not resign with the world you have. We have to keep taking democracy and equality to the ones who don't have it.
In my inauguration speech as President of South Africa, I've said: "We dedicate this day to all the heroes and heroines in this country and the rest of the world who sacrificed in many ways and surrendered their lives so that we could be free. Their dreams have become reality. Freedom is their reward. (...) We understand it still that there is no easy road to freedom. We know it well that none of us acting alone can achieve success. We must therefore act together as a united people, for national reconciliation, for nation building, for the birth of a new world. Let there be justice for all. Let there be peace for all. Let there be work, bread, water and salt for all. Let each know that for each the body, the mind and the soul have been freed to fulfil themselves. Never, never and never again shall it be that this beautiful land will again experience the oppression of one by another and suffer the indignity of being the skunk of the world. Let freedom reign."
With these words I finish this reflection today. I hope you, my brothers and sisters, still fight for human race's good values.
segunda-feira, 14 de fevereiro de 2011
Moving to the cities one was gradually drawn into mainstream politics and there was little room for upgrading oneself with information on such issues.
Only during the last five years did I receive Valentine cards and gifts. But one must naturally develop enormous respect for those who bring happiness to others anonymously far from the limelight.
Unfortunately my tight programme does not allow me to find time to celebrate Valentine’s Day either today or in future.” – Nelson Mandela.
sexta-feira, 11 de fevereiro de 2011
quinta-feira, 10 de fevereiro de 2011
"OUT of the night that covers me,
Black as the Pit from pole to pole,
I thank whatever gods may be
For my unconquerable soul.
In the fell clutch of circumstance
I have not winced nor cried aloud.
Under the bludgeonings of chance
My head is bloody, but unbowed.
Beyond this place of wrath and tears
Looms but the Horror of the shade,
And yet the menace of the years
Finds, and shall find, me unafraid.
It matters not how strait the gate,
How charged with punishments the scroll,
I am the master of my fate:
I am the captain of my soul."
I hope you enjoy this poem and song *