Impersonating Nelson Madiba Mandela

The privilege and pressure of impersonating, ney, of embodying the late, great, Nelson Madiba Mandela.

My task was no easy feat, see friday the 25th of May was African freedom Day and my place of sweat and labour decided to throw together a celebration to honour those who came before us paving a path so great the whole Africa stood, took notice, and applauded.

Truth be told Mr Mandela was not my first choice. Gaddafi was my first but without enough time to grab the necessary garments, I settled for a similarly Iconic figure in Mandela.

The rules set were simple enough, choose an African leader and impersonate them. Creating a speech to “free” our clients. So yes, for a day I guess I was a freedom fighter in my own right.
Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela (July 18, 1918 to December 5, 2013) was a nonviolence anti-apartheid activist, politician and philanthropist who became South Africa’s first black president from 1994 to 1999. For all those keeping score, he served only one term and stepped down.

Speech

Freedom!!
What does it mean to you?
Freedom my brother.
Freedom my sister.
Freedom from a congested network.
From high unnecessary tariffs.
From unstable internet connections.
The burden Of switching tarrif plans everyday.
No more!
The story of a lacking customer care base.
No more!
We will champion diversity by being inclusive.
We will share joys and pains with our customers by being respectful.
And we will act with passion and energy as our entrepreneurial spirit drives us to be alive!!
My sisters and brothers
Freedom!!!”

It was not easy stepping into Mandela’s proverbial shoes. Adopting the accent itself was straining my throat. But if there is anything i learnt from briefly studying this Iconic figure, it was that charisma and a sense of personal style are not bought off a coat rack. His principles stood firm even when the chips were stacked against him.

In honour of a great leader! Thank you for allowing me to step into your world, even if only but for a moment.

Mandela was my choice because he wore his heart on his sleeve. Years in prison for fighting for his rights did not make him bitter. Being free did not stop him from picking up exactly where he left off. It takes courage to remian yourself even the world deems it fit to put out your fire.

To being Bold!

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