Africa Book Club remembers Mandela for his great accomplishments, and not least, his immense contribution to African literature. Mandela loved books and he wrote about looking forward to reading African literature when he retired. In Nelson Mandela: Conversations with Myself, he wrote, “… a good pen can also remind us of the happiest moments in our lives, bring noble ideas into our dens, our blood and souls. It can turn tragedy into hope and victory.” And he famously referred to the late Chinua Achebe as a writer ‘in whose company the prison walls fell down”. Besides inspiring many books and movies, Mandela was an author in his own right. His memoir, Long Walk to Freedom, was an international bestseller.
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