The world mourns the monumental loss of an African icon. A freedom fighter, a leader among leaders, and a hero among heroes. Nelson Mandela stood firm in the defense of justice, racial harmony, peace and reconciliation.

In this period of profound sadness, we should contemplate his values, his courage, and his immeasurable sacrifices while working to safeguard a legacy that will endure centuries to come.

May he rest in eternal peace.

Professor Yaw Nyarko
Director, NYU Africa House