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Liberians have called on their president to follow South Africa's example in declaring days of national mourning for South Africa’s former President Nelson Mandela, who died on Thursday at 95.
Former president Thabo Mbeki on Sunday challenged South Africa's leadership to ask if they are living up to Nelson Mandela's standards, in a pointed public challenge to his ANC comrades.
South Africans of all races and religions united in an outpouring of prayer and song for their beloved Nelson Mandela on Sunday, hearing calls to keep his dream of a Rainbow Nation alive.
Ghana has joined South Africa and the rest of the world in mourning the loss of Nelson Mandela.
As South Africans pay tribute to Nelson Mandela in churches and other places of worship across South Africa and wait for next weekend's funeral, Gambians are amongst the West Africans looking back and looking forwards. The Gambia's broadcasters have been amongst those to salute the late South African leader's memory.
The former South African President will be laid to rest on Dec. 15 in the village of Qunu where he grew up, President Jacob Zuma announced Friday.
Goodluck Jonathan was in Paris when the news of former Nelson Mandela’s death hit the newswires. But the Nigerian President was quick to respond to the loss of the former South African President and anti-apartheid leader, declaring three days of national mourning in Nigeria, with flags to be flown at half-mast across the country during that period. .
After his release from prison in 1990, after 28 years in captivity, Nelson Mandela travelled extensively. West Africa was amongst his destinations, embraced as the hope of a new South Africa and an African hero.
Key quotes after the death of Nelson Mandela: -- US President Barack Obama: "He achieved more than could be expected of any man." -- South African President Jacob Zuma: "Our nation has lost its greatest son. Our people have lost a father."
Apartheid-era South Africa's most feared prison, Robben Island, remains inextricably linked with Nelson Mandela, its most famous inmate who spent decades of hard labor educating his comrades and charming even his granite-hearted jailers.