poet Chinedu Dike

Chinedu Dike

Mandela - The Immortal Icon

The Peace Warrior Of Mzansi, among heroes - a colossus!
Sun Of The Nation; A rare gift of Providence.
Once, entangled in the web of racist succubus;
Unruffled he declares before High Justice:
'[I]t is an ideal for which I am prepared to die.' Silence -
Pregnant with dreadful menace in court ensued.
A beast of burden consequent of unshakeable stance.
In the slammer Symbol Of The Struggle he attained;
But Apartheid demon persisted in its Treachery.
'Coalition Of Conscience' inspired outcry for Liberty;
Plagues of sanctions shatter manacles of Slavery.
Looming on the horizon - a sight of Equality.
From abyss of darkness emerged the Institution;
The Immortal Icon and Mastermind of Rainbow Nation.





NOTE: This compact synopsis of Dr Nelson Madiba Mandela
is a story about his journey from The Rivonia Trial
(where he was charged with TREASON -
an offence carrying death penalty by HANGING)
to Freedom and Democracy.

He was after much... sentenced to life imprisonment
with hard labour.

The piece is a poetic portrait of the cosmopolitan juggernaut,
whose enigmatic radiance of love was tested far beyond
the experience flesh has to endure. 

It is a soulful tale of the great icon of peaceful resistance,
who had gone from prison (for 27 years)to become
the first democratically elected President of South Africa.

May his wonderful and gentle soul continue to rest
in the Bosom Of Almighty God.


Mzansi is another name for South Africa - an affectionate name.

Topic(s) of this poem: freedom, liberty, nelson mandela, slavery

Poem Submitted: Wednesday, August 13, 2014
Poem Edited: Tuesday, September 1, 2020

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Comments about Mandela - The Immortal Icon by Chinedu Dike

  • Clyde KingClyde King (11/22/2020 8:09:00 AM)

    Great poem Chinedu. You are a talented and well educated writer. In the movie about Mr. Mandela it was noted that he memorized William E. Henley’s poem “Invictus.” A great poem too. Thank you for reading mine. Clyde Michael King

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  • Yiyan HanYiyan Han (11/17/2020 6:27:00 AM)

    Good write. We shouldn't forget it was the pressure from the free world that helped him succeed as well. Just wonder how he would ponder on the reality today in S.A.

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  • Kyvin NashKyvin Nash (11/15/2020 1:29:00 AM)

    He played his part...thank for sharing this memory!

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  • peace (10/12/2020 1:20:00 PM)

    Write comment.

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  • Suresh Kumar EkSuresh Kumar Ek (9/25/2020 3:59:00 AM)

    well appreciated
    Tributes to Mandela
    Universal citizen

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  • Geeta Radhakrishna MenonGeeta Radhakrishna Menon (8/22/2020 1:29:00 AM)

    Sometimes, Master Souls come down to earth to fight for the cause of righteousness.
    Nelson Mandela was truly that heavenly soul who fought for human rights and freedom.
    Dear Poet Chinedu, you are a rare soul too, who has immortalized the life and sacrifice of the great Nelson Mandela through this fabulous poem.

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  • Juliet LanguedocJuliet Languedoc (7/18/2020 8:14:00 PM)

    A Mortal who left a legacy! Thank great poem!

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  • Dr Dillip K SwainDr Dillip K Swain (6/23/2020 7:56:00 AM)

    It's a great poem tributing a great human being the civilization has ever produced! People of the whole world worship the noble deeds of this immortal icon! I congratulate you for conceiving such a great concept! You have magnificently articulated the traits of this immortal icon in brevity with absolute accuracy! Great ink!

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  • Sylvia Frances ChanSylvia Frances Chan (6/22/2020 10:27:00 AM)

    GOD's Greatest Wonder Ever Occurred In South Africa when Nelson Mandela Sir was elected and became The First President of South Africa. No white leaders could kill him, God has greatest performances to show the world that South-Africa has his own President to lead the fantastic Great Land by a Special Leader, chosen by God. Thank you so much, dear Chinedu for this grandest amazing Tribute for Nelson Mandela Sir. God Blesses

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    Chinedu DikeChinedu Dike(6/23/2020 1:19:00 AM)

    Thanks a million times for your insightful appraisal of the poem, madam.
    Remain enriched.

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  • Duke Perry AbrokwaDuke Perry Abrokwa (2/13/2020 12:45:00 AM)

    Nelson Mandela was the African King of emancipation, you are a poetry king. Good job

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    Chinedu DikeChinedu Dike(2/13/2020 10:38:00 AM)

    Hi Perry, thanks for your kind words of encouragement and beautiful appraisal of the poem. Remain blessed.

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  • Michael WalkerMichael Walker (2/4/2020 9:19:00 PM)

    Nelson Mandela is a hero to many people in my country, and rightly so.
    It relly took inner strength to endure his many years of imprisonment. A great President
    also.

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    Chinedu DikeChinedu Dike(2/5/2020 11:02:00 AM)

    Hi Michael, thanks for your comment. Remain blessed.

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  • Atasha WilliamsAtasha Williams (1/30/2020 6:38:00 AM)

    beautiful piece. wish he got to read it himself. keep writing poet

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    Chinedu DikeChinedu Dike(1/30/2020 10:17:00 AM)

    Hi Atasha, thanks for your lovely comment. Remain enriched.

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  • Lee BoueriLee Boueri (1/23/2020 9:42:00 PM)

    A great tribute to a great man. RIP.

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    Chinedu DikeChinedu Dike(1/23/2020 10:09:00 PM)

    Hi Boueri, thanks a million times for your beautiful comment. Remain blessed.

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  • Magadha RaniMagadha Rani (1/21/2020 12:58:00 AM)

    This great poem is my favorite poem as I have a lot of respect and admiration to this great soul human civilization has ever produced! You have so meticulously abstracted the virtues of this great man, the pride of your land and the whole world through this magnificent piece of poetry! I derive a great pleasure reading this poem again and again with utmost joy!

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    Chinedu DikeChinedu Dike(1/21/2020 10:35:00 AM)

    That's an awesome comment, Rani. Thanks a million times and do remain blessed.

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  • Kesav EaswaranKesav Easwaran (1/21/2020 12:29:00 AM)

    Apt and fitting tribute to a great leader of humanity. A true Gandhian, one among India's best ever friends. Beautifully written poem Chinedu. Reflects Nelson Mandela truly 10+

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    Chinedu DikeChinedu Dike(1/21/2020 10:31:00 AM)

    Hi Kesav, thanks a million times for your beautiful appraisal of the piece. Remain blessed.

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  • Louis RamsLouis Rams (1/17/2020 12:12:00 PM)

    MANDELA and MARTIN LUTHER KING stood up for injustices to mankind even if it meant their deaths and will forever be honored by young and old alike. they live in our hearts.

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    Chinedu DikeChinedu Dike(1/17/2020 5:11:00 PM)

    Hi Louis, thanks a million times for your insightful comment. Remain enriched.

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  • Mj Lemon (1/9/2020 11:01:00 PM)

    A deeply moving tribute.Rare are people like Mandela. Through your words his soul and inspiration can continue to have an impact on the world.

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    Chinedu DikeChinedu Dike(1/10/2020 11:39:00 AM)

    Hi Lemon, thanks a million times for your beautiful comment. Remain enriched.

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  • Priyani Lekamwattage (12/22/2019 12:56:00 PM)

    A kind tribute to a Great man, thank you.

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    Chinedu DikeChinedu Dike(12/22/2019 6:02:00 PM)

    Hi Priyani, thanks for your beautiful appraisal of the piece. Remain enriched.

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  • Magadha RaniMagadha Rani (12/19/2019 6:20:00 AM)

    A great poem sir. I respect sir Nelson Mandela. This is an excellent piece. thank you for sharing...10+++

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    Chinedu DikeChinedu Dike(12/19/2019 7:39:00 AM)

    Hi Magadha, thanks for your beautiful comment. Remain enriched.

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