Nelson Mandela’s grandson has said the former South African president would be “disappointed” in today’s world leaders for promoting their personal interests instead of serving their communities.
uthor and spokesman Ndaba Mandela reflected on his grandfather’s legacy in a new project that has been released to mark Nelson Mandela International Day on July 18.
The five-part documentary series, The Mandela Project, features black creators working on a variety of community projects to showcase different aspects of the anti-discrimination leader’s story, work, and life. racial segregation.
Ndaba recounts the YouTube series and provides anecdotes and personal stories about his grandfather and highlights his contributions to service, freedom and equality.
Reflecting on his grandfather’s message, he told the PA news agency: “He always taught me that leaders are not there to be the best but leaders are there to serve the community. their own and be a voice for the voiceless, and stand up for those who cannot stand up for themselves.
“So the best kind of leadership we have in the world is value-based leadership, which we don’t find anymore.
“And I think he’s going to be very disappointed in the kind of leaders we have in today’s world who seem to be promoting their own self-interest.”
He added that he believes his grandfather will be particularly disappointed with “the caliber of leaders” in South Africa, where he served as president from 1994 to 1999, and with Ukraine’s war in Ukraine. Russian army.
“He will urge both leaders to put down their guns and weapons, talk together and find a new path to peace,” he said.
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In the new series, each episode features a celebrity performing an act of service to their local community in an effort to spread Mandela’s teachings.
Among the famous faces are British rapper Big Zuu as well as actor Jabari Banks, digital creator Jeremy Lynch, actress Marsai Martin, soccer player Patrice Evra and South African model and former Miss Universal Zozibini Tunzi.
Ndaba told PA that seeing young creators carry on with his grandfather’s legacy was “very inspiring and moving”.
“It showed us that we have real hope to continue fighting so that all people, of all religions and backgrounds have dignity and pride,” he added.
The public speaker said that he hopes the series will help viewers understand “the importance of the leadership that Nelson Mandela has provided in the world, especially during the dark times of segregationist regimes.” race”.
He added: “But more importantly, I hope people will be inspired to understand that each of us has a responsibility to do our part to contribute to our community to make the world better. The world becomes a better place”.
As part of the series, Big Zuu represents the “self-development” work of Mandela and others by working with a community garden in north London.
The rapper told PA that in his own life, he was inspired by Mandela’s “resilience and spiritual will” to spend 27 years in prison and then become the first black leader. of his country.
He added that he hopes to get this message across as well as break stereotypes and provide representation for those who come from him.
“I feel like I’m always the measure, people see me as an ordinary guy and if I can do certain things, anyone can do it,” he explains. prefer.
“And that’s what representation entails. You see someone from this community doing something and that makes you feel more comfortable and that makes you resonate with it more.”
The Mandela Project is available on the BET Networks YouTube channel from July 18 – Nelson Mandela International Day.
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