Long walk to freedom [ Review]

Long Walk to Freedom is an inspiring autobiography written by one of Africa's finest minds and a great hero in history. In this breathtaking memoir Nelson Mandela exposes his struggles, setbacks, dark days, hope, and his dream come through. This non-fiction book of over 600 pages shows how ordinary men rise up against all challenges to do extraordinary things. The key steps that Mandela took at an early stage show that those who must tread on the path of freedom must reject some things. They are men who don’t accept things hook, line and sinker.

Mandela chose to gain knowledge, not just knowledge for the sake of knowledge but knowledge to make impact. When a regent had arranged marriages for him and Justice, they agreed to flee to Johannesburg to avoid the marriage. He knew what he wanted and did not agree with the status quo. For instance he believed that “Democracy meant all men to be heard, and decision was taken together as a people. Majority rule was a foreign notion. A minority was not to be clashed by a majority.”

A man who takes another man’s freedom is a prisoner of hatred. -Nelson Mandela Click To Tweet

A leader who wanted a change in his time knew that what he wanted wouldn't come on a platter of gold. Nelson Mandela from this autobiography demonstrates astuteness and erudition born out of reading great books. He read about great figures that are crucial to the course he was pursuing – the fight against racial discrimination. You wouldn’t be wrong if you called him a bookish, respectful, bourgeois young African lawyer turned popular leader.

Education is the great engine for personal development. -Nelson Mandela Click To Tweet

For this political model who demanded freedom for his people, one cannot but notice and admire his devotion to the eradication of apartheid. To talk about the Nobel prize for Peace without mentioning Mandela's long years of struggle is to tell an incomplete story. He typifies how success can indeed be achieved slowly but surely. Through pain that only Mandela can fully understand, the freedom of his people became a reality.

A freedom fighter learns the hard way that it is the oppressor who defines the nature of the struggle , and the oppressed is often left no recourse but to use methods that mirror those of the oppressor. At a point, one can only fight fire with fire.
- Nelson Mandela

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