Zolani Mkiva - Nelson Mandela Centre of Memory
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To be given an opportunity in a lifetime to lead a leader by way of employing an idiomatic expression carried over through poetic verses, where you are not only ushering him but you are showering him with words of praise, singing his praises, outlining his genealogical roots, his struggles, his achievements, in a context where an historic national milestone is being authored, is such an exciting moment in one’s life.
This photograph was taken during the adoption of the new Constitution of South Africa in 1996, when I was given a golden moment to sing the praises of Mandela inside the chambers of Parliament. It was an unprecedented ceremony, wherein for the first time in the history of this country, an oral traditional praise poet was asked to recite in a place dripping with parliamentary protocols, symbolizing the restoration of the dignity of our heritage.
Quote: "For the first time in the history of this country an oral traditional praise poet was asked to recite in a place dripping with parliamentary protocols."
Collection: Moments with a Legend