Vicky Sampson - Nelson Mandela Centre of Memory
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That particular ‘moment with Madiba’ came about as a result of South Africa having come so close to winning the bid to host the Olympics.
I was asked to sing My African Dream and of course I did!
It was such a moment, having Madiba on the stage with me. He had such a good memory then and remembered the other times that we had met and said that I should keep up the good work and that I made South Africa proud.
He then proceeded to start doing the ‘Madiba Jive’ while I was singing!!! What a treat!!! Boy, can he jive!!
I also remember that the current Miss South Africa, (I forget her name right now), was on-stage as well, clapping and enjoying the atmosphere. It was certainly one of the most special moments of my life and I know that his strength, humility and dignified manner has had a very powerful impact on me, as a woman, performer and human being.
I believe that if we had more people like him around, this world could be so much better and easier to live in for all.
I continue to be inspired by his spirit and great sense of being human and try to live by his example.
Quote: "He then proceeded to start doing the ‘Madiba Jive’ while I was singing!!! What a treat!!! Boy, can he jive!!"
Collection: Moments with a Legend