Friday, December 21, 2007

The hero myth: Nelson Mandela

It is unlikely that this will be the first time that you are hearing this. It is not going to be the last time either. Mankind it seems is always looking for a hero, and on finding such a one determined to defend him against all reason.

As such essays go, my arguments must be prefaced with admiration for Nelson Mandela, for his untiring efforts at charity work, his voice of reason against the venal, poisonous global war empire and most of all for his guardianship of South Africa from the tyranny of apartheid and into majority rule - or as many insist on saying, independence.

Read on as Stephen Wanyama assesses the world's obsession with celebrities and the status it gives to our leaders.