thanks for the colour

95 portraits for a 95th birthday

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Uttara Merchant 


Born: Chingola, Zambia - Lives: Perth, Australia 

Age: 33 

Occupation: Consultant 


I'd like to thank Nelson Mandela for the colour because… 

Sir Mandela, you have created the new South Africa and will always be the god figure to all of us and the coming generations. Learning to fight for what is right peacefully, sacrificing your life with the long walk to freedom, yet always humble. We will forever be indebted to you Sir Nelson Mandela. 

 

Veronica Nerea Redondo Moreno 


Born and Lives: Granada, Spain 

Age: 34 

Occupation: Teacher of language and literature 


I'd like to thank Nelson Mandela for the colour because… 

you're a great example of dignity and equality for me. Without you, this world would be much worse. You give me hope and make me very happy. I love you. 

 

Vittoria Malago 


Born: Rome, Italy - Lives: Milano, Italy 

Age: 24 

Occupation: Social Media Manager 


I'd like to thank Nelson Mandela for the colour because… 

of the values you keep sharing; equality, kindness and respect. You give hope and hope is life. Teaching people to never give up and never fear anything. "It always seems impossible until it's done" - Madiba. 

 

Wendy McLellan 


Born: Zimbabwe - Lives: Edinburgh, Scotland, UK 

Age: 39 (40 on 18 July 2013) 

Occupation: Occupational Therapist 


I'd like to thank Nelson Mandela for the colour because… 

actions speak louder than words and you lived your own words. 

"For to be free is not merely to cast off one's chains, but to live in a way that respects and enhances the freedom of others." 

Thank you for being such a role model in this day and age! 

 

William Palmer 


Born: Richmond, VA, USA - Lives: Atlanta, GA, USA 

Age: 30 

Occupation: Actor 


I'd like to thank Nelson Mandela for the colour because… 

of what you represent to the world. Your example and message of world peace will resonate through generations. Mandela, your leadership is built on the foundations of love, leaving a legacy of unity for all people worldwide. 

 

Yahya Ooni 


Born and Lives: Johannesburg, South Africa 

Age: 25 

Occupation: Attorney 


I'd like to thank Nelson Mandela for the colour because… 

your contribution has altered the lives of individuals in South Africa and abroad in ways they could not have possible imagined. 

 

Yinka Moore 


Born and Lives: London, England 

Age: 41 

Occupation: Sound Artist 


I'd like to thank Nelson Mandela for the colour because… 

you inspired me to find out more about apartheid and race/gender issues all over the world. I learnt about Biko, ANC, Soweto, Miriam Makeba, Table Mountain, Xhosa because of you. You were imprisoned 10 years before I was born and released 4 years before my son was born. My son was born October 1994, and is named Themba in honour of your release and inauguration. Nelson Mandela, you have helped me find out my own heritage and where I feel I belong. 

You are the closest person to my role model. 

 

Zabarudin Salah Lubis 


Lives: Tangerang City, Indonesia 

Age: 38 

Occupation: Business Man 


I'd like to thank Nelson Mandela for the colour because… 

I love and much respect Khulu Madiba (it's my called to Madiba) and this from my deep heart, also thankful for Khulu Madiba did it, not just for Africa continent that I love too, but for the world and humanity. Zeal inwardness of you becomes ones my inspiration. Long life, healthy and happiness with blessings forever with family and friends. 


Gelukkige verjaarsdag. Halala ngosuku lokuzalwa. Happy Birthday Khulu Madiba. 

 

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