Former First Lady, Nana Konadu Agyeman-Rawlings, has led a government delegation to pay their respects to anti-apartheid icon Winnie Madikizela Mandela in South Africa.
The delegation, which arrived in South Africa last Wednesday, visited the Mandela House on Friday where they paid their final respects to Winnie at a memorial event.
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Winnie’s body was brought to the house where she lived with Nelson Mandela before he was incarcerated.
– Nana Konadu and other members of the delegation in Johannesburg
On Saturday the delegation participated in a well-attended burial service held at the Orlando Stadium in Johannesburg’s Soweto Township.
In a tribute to the fallen hero, Nana Konadu Agyeman-Rawlings described Winnie as one who “singularly embodied the catalyst for uniting people on different continents towards one cause – freedom for Madhiba, freedom for South Africa.”
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The statement added, “Her undeniable sacrificial and unflinching dedication to and love for her husband, the great Madiba Nelson Mandela, throughout his protracted incarceration, as well as children over the years, will be remembered by generations to come.”
Nana Konadu said, “Mama Winnie’s fearless activism will not be easily forgotten. Winnie was the bravest of the brave. She carried her defiance with quiet dignity. Her legacy will live on as it resonates with heroic stories of what true legends are made.
“A great and courageous beacon, warrior and queen of Africa has passed on, but the challenge to succeeding generations to reach for the aspirational goals that her exemplary life attained, in significant measure, lives on in the hearts of the sons and daughters of Africa,” the former First Lady stated.
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The funeral drew delegations from across the globe including African American civil rights activist Reverend Jesse Jackson, Kenya’s Raila Odinga who represented his country, Congolese President Denis Sassou Nguesso and Namibian President Hage Geingob.
Other members of the Ghana delegation were Deputy Foreign Affairs Minister Charles Owiredu, Deputy Information Minister Ama Dokua Asiamah-Adjei and Ambassador at Large Dr Edward Mahama.