Africa, my Africa, a land that has indeed been blessed with all good things imaginable, except for maybe good leaders. But thankfully, we had Nelson Mandela, a former president of South Africa. His standard of leadership is one that other African leaders should aspire to follow. Here are a few things African leaders can learn from him.
Unity and Reconciliation
African leaders need to understand that as Africans, we cannot be united if we do not heal as a people. Nelson Mandela first worked to heal the division of apartheid, before bringing the people of South Africa together.
Possess the spirit of Forgiveness
Although this may seem like something very trivial, it is one of the most difficult emotions any human can feel. Nelson Mandela lived his life forgiving those who hurt him the most. This is one trait all African leaders must learn to have.
Importance of Education
Nelson Mnadela understood that “Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world.” African leaders need to invest in education as a way of improving our continent.
The need to fight for justice
Mandela was a champion of justice, and he worked tirelessly to end apartheid and bring about a more just society. It is worthy to note that it was Mandela’s work on Burundi that assured his legacy as a peacemaker in Africa. African leaders should continue his work and fight for justice for all Africans.
Importance of hope
We can never over emphasis the fact that it is the ones who have life that have hope. It was this hope Mandela had even when things seemed dark for him. African leaders need to learn never to give up hope for a better future for Africa as a continent.