Tuesday 17 January 2017

Captain of a united nation's soul

Ulick O'Connor recalls a visit to the brave new world that was South Africa under Nelson Mandela

Published 07/03/2010 | 05:00

INVICTUS, the film directed by Clint Eastwood and nominated for an Academy Award, has a Latin name means "unconquered". It comes from a poem written by WE Henley, an English poet of the 1890s, which inspired Nelson Mandela, the South African leader, who used his 27-year prison sentence to devise a solution for bringing unity to black and white South Africans. He would say that whenever he was in despair he recited this poem to himself.

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