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Dec062013

Oprah Tributes Nelson Mandela: 'He Will Always Be My Hero + Watch Interview Footage

Article By Clarise Mason:: EEW Magazine News

Among the millions influenced by iconic leader Nelson Mandela is media mogul Oprah Winfrey. Thursday, the OWN Network CEO mourned the passing of the leader who died at 95 with a touching online tribute.

Sharing a photo of the two laughing together and appearing full of Joy, the 59-year-old reflected on the life of South Africa’s first black president and Nobel Peace Prize winner, calling him heroic.

Oprah shares an endearing photo of herself sharing a hearty laugh with one of the world’s most beloved and influential leaders (CREDIT: Instagram)“One of the great honors of my life was to be invited to Nelson Mandela's home, spend private time and get to know him,” Winfrey wrote.

“He was everything you've ever heard and more – humble and unscathed by bitterness. And he always loved to tell a good joke. Being in his presence was like sitting with grace and majesty at the same time.”

She ended with, “He will always be my hero. His life was a gift to us all.”

All around the world, tributes are pouring out, honoring Mandela. Tears of sadness, smiles of joy and reflections on memories left by a giant of a man who has made an indelible mark on everyone who encountered him, are dominating regions around the globe.

A woman cries outside Mandela's house in Johannesburg after Mandela's death on December 5. (CREDIT: GETTY)In 2000, Winfrey sat down for an inspiring interview with the moral giant and peace leader on The Oprah Winfrey Show.

During the discussion, she asked him, “How does a man spend 27 years in prison, put there by an oppressor and come out of that experience with, not a heart of stone, not a cold heart, but a heart that is willing to forgive and embrace?”

Mandela’s answer?

“If I had not been to prison, I would not have been able to achieve the most difficult task in life and that is changing yourself—the opportunity to sit down and think.”

Mandela in his former Robben Island prison home. For 27 years he dwelled in an 8-foot square cell that still retains the thin blanket which served as his bed.

While the chat host reflected on the uplifting interview, she said, “The thing that was challenging was getting him to admit that he played the greatest role in the apartheid movement because he kept saying, ‘No, it wasn’t me. It was all the other people,’ and I realized in that interview with him that that is what true humility is.”

 

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