The great Iroko tree has fallen. For a life well spent the death of Former South African of President, Nelson Mandela was announced on Thursday by the South African President Jacob Zuma.
He died at the ripe age of 95 in his home in Johannesburg.
According to South African President Jacob Zuma, who announced the late anti-apartheid hero's death, Mandela was discharged from a Pretoria hospital in September after spending seven months in the hospital, where he was admitted for lung infection (Punch) President Zuma said in his address,
"It is impossible to put into words the impact that Mandela has had on the world. He showed that peaceful
"The world lost a giant today. One of those few people that is bigger than life and he will be remembered for many years to come. May he rest in peace."
He and other ANC leaders campaigned against apartheid. He was arrested and sentenced to life imprisonment in 1964, but was released in 1990 after 27 years in jail on Robin Island as South Africa began to move away from strict racial segregation.
He was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 1993 and was elected South Africa's first black president in 1994. He stepped down after five years in office in 1999.
After leaving office, he became South Africa's highest-profile ambassador,campaigning against HIV/Aids
He helped to secure his country's right to host the 2010 football World Cup.
He was also involved in peace negotiations in the Democratic Republic of Congo, Burundi and
other countries in Africa