Tuesday 24 April 2018

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

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.


Out of the night that covers me,

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