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  • Hannah Kim

    Great piece! It's so saddening when icons/heroes pass on- they're often shining beacons of hope in a hopeless/unfortunate situation and it can be easy to feel lost when they are no longer physically with us.
    However, you make a great point. We can't continue to reply on these brave souls who have often committed much of their life to making the world a better place. By taking their mission and life perspective upon ourselves, we can spread their influence further and ensure that their life continues to resonate years later. Carrying on their legacy is such a great way to respect them and their sacrifices.
    What do you think are some ways we can embody the traits of amazing figures such as Nelson Mandela in our daily life? I'd love to hear your thoughts!

    • samba yonga

      First I would like to say thank you for reading the article, I am glad that you found it interesting.
      The idea of carrying on the legacy is something that I have thought about. I guess there is not an easy template to use to carry on such a huge legacy... the problems they fought are somewhat different from the problems Africa fights today. Right now we need to create wealth and provide opportunities to enhance the life of many Africans. When you think about icons over the decades they are people who have done different things. Abraham Lincoln stopped the slave trade, Sir Alexander Fleming discovered antibiotics, Steve Jobs revolutionised tech, Obama changed history... I would look to our scientists, innovators, storytellers, architects, teachers we are no longer fighting at the basic political level it has to move past, We are not looking for another Mandela, maybe we are ready for an African Steve Jobs... What do you think?

      • Hannah Kim

        Great insights! I agree with you. Carrying a hero's legacy is more than parroting the acts they did while they were alive- because problems/situations/people are constantly in a state of evolution and fluctuation.
        Maybe it means adopting their attitude or philosophies and applying them to our new issues. The same protests/actions may no longer be relevant but we can still be inspired by the people they were and apply that to our own life and generation's problems. For instance, Gandhi and Martin Luther King's view of using non violent protest. We are not necessarily combating the issues they were in the past- but we can take their viewpoints and inspiring life philosophies and apply to current problems we face of discrimination and warfare.