page 1 - Remembering Qunu [30CFs4Np79k]

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ZA COM NMPP 2009/57-24-1


Remembering Qunu [30CFs4Np79k]


  • 1993-03-10 and 1993-03-11 (Creation)

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1 audio clip
In-point: 01:46
Out-point: 03:28

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(18 July 1918-5 December 2013)

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Editor and author. Collaborated with Mandela on his autobiography, Long Walk to Freedom (published 1994). Co-producer of the documentary Mandela, 1996. Editor of TIME magazine.

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Rick Stengel

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While he was born in the Eastern Cape village of Mvezo, the only son of his father’s third wife, Nelson Mandela spend most of his early childhood in Qunu and later moved to Mqhekezweni after his father died. He has always enjoyed returning to Qunu where he built a house after his release from prison in 1990. Uppermost in his mind as a free man was to visit Qunu where his parents were laid to rest. His mother Nosekeni had died in her Seventies in 1968 when her son was imprisoned on Robben Island. As soon as he could, he visited her grave and that of his father Nkosi (Chief) Mphakanyiswa who had died when he was a boy.

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Access by permission of the Nelson Mandela Centre of Memory

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Copyright held by the Nelson Mandela Centre of Memory

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  • English

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MANDELA: You think in terms of the place where you grew up, and the food in Mqhekezweni was far better than at Qunu and the company also. It was an area where it was a missionary and it had many people who could widen your horizons, and I liked that atmosphere. But I also like the raw atmosphere of my home village and the boys who had never gone to school. The way people talk, and even now is something different for me to go to my, to Qunu — the people there, you know, there is a different dimension altogether and I get, you know, so pleased when I listen to them talk; their mannerisms, it reminds me of my younger days. But they so, they were so attached to me that they didn't want me to leave. They just wanted me to be at home during holidays and Mqhekezweni go back to school, come back, you know, and no I always think of the King with fond memories.

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