On a very normal 18th day of JULY some ninety-three years ago, another child was born to add up to the numbers of the human race. As his mum wailed and went through the pains of labour, little did she know that one day her son will become perhaps the most revered man in the world today. The world today celebrates one of its great citizens today.
MADIBA is the magic name that sparks up excitement across the African continent and the world at large. For me I describe you as the paradox of this world. Ask me why and I will switch into poetry mode. I did this
Madiba, your name sounds like the drums that signify life’s victory.
You held the spear of the nation and never lost it once
You defied the protocols of pessimism and broke the records of optimism
A great warrior who mastered the art of war and peace in one school of life
You dined with your enemies and slept with your traitors
You turned shame into fame
A prison number changed from a symbol of shame into an emblem of greatness
Like Moses, you led your people through the wilderness of bitterness and torture
You did not however lay claim to the biggest gold mine when you got to the Promised Land.
MADIBA, the spears of the world salute you today
MADIBA, that trumpets across the oceans and cause the storm to calm down and listen
MADIBA, we celebrate your life today. The world salutes you today.
HAPPY BIRTHDAY, NELSON ROLIHLAHLA MANDELA.
to make this poem worth while, I translated it into Swahili with the help of Google translate.
Madiba, jina lako inaonekana kama ngoma kwamba ishara ya ushindi ya maisha.
Wewe uliofanyika mkuki wa taifa na kamwe kupotea mara moja
Wewe wamemasi itifaki ya pessimism na kuvunja rekodi ya matumaini
Warrior mkuu ambaye mastered sanaa ya vita na amani katika moja ya shule ya maisha
Wewe kula na adui zenu na akalala na wasaliti yako
Mkageuka aibu katika umaarufu
Idadi gerezani iliyopita kutoka alama ya aibu ndani ya nembo ya ukuu
Kama Musa, aliyewaongoza watu wako kupitia jangwa la uchungu na mateso
Hukutaka hata hivyo kuweka madai ya mgodi wa dhahabu kubwa wakati got kwa nchi ya ahadi.
MADIBA, mikuki ya salute dunia leo
MADIBA, kwamba tarumbeta kuvuka bahari na dhoruba kusababisha kwa utulivu chini na kusikiliza
MADIBA, sisi kusherehekea maisha yako leo. Anawasalimuni dunia leo.
Furaha ya kuzaliwa, Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela.