Columbia News recently posted remarks from Lee Bollinger and others from the Columbia community about Nelson Mandela. In the video below Professor Mamadou Diouf, director of Columbia’s Institute for African Studies and the editor of Tolerance, Democracy, and Sufis in Senegal, discusses the life and legacy of Nelson Mandela.
Diouf believes the way in which Mandela left power may be his most important legacy. “This man decided to do one term and leave. And this is a revolution in Africa,” says Diouf. “He could have stayed until his death because he was already the myth.”