Late former president Nelson Mandela's widow took to the stage at the Wanderers Stadium in Illovo on Tuesday to speak about her deceased husband in honour of his 100th birthday.
Graca Machel addressed the thousands of people, including local and international celebs, at the 16th annual Nelson Mandela Lecture.
Briefly.co.za decided to gather five quotes Machel made in honour of her late husband and his exceptional legacy.
1. A shout-out to the new head of state
Machel praised President Cyril Ramaphosa and added Madiba would have been happy to see the billionaire becoming South Africa's head of state.
Graca Machel: "I can see Madiba smiling to see me calling 'President Ramaphosa'."
2. The humble character of Nelson Mandela
Machel went on to describe her late husband as a simple and humbled man.
"After having achieved the highest aspirations of humanity, the Madiba that I knew was a humble, grounded man," she said.
3. Mandela, the strategist and visionary
Machel added,"Mandela was a skilful strategist, a visionary, and a product of collective leadership. The tapestry of his legacy is woven by deep thinkers and freedom fighters, as well as the unnamed and unknown who sharpened his intellect."
4. How to honour Mandela's legacy
Madiba's wife went on to explain how South Africans can honour his legacy- by doing what is right.
5. The connection between Madiba and Obama
Both being the first black presidents of their respective countries, Machel went on to describe Obama and her late husband as "symbols of victory over adversity".
Obama went on to admit he was not invited to give a lecture, he was kindly ordered to do so by the late president's widow.
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