Bono & Nelson Mandela

For the entire time he’s been famous, U2 frontman Bono has been vocal in his support of the South African revolutionary turned president Nelson Mandela, and he worked closely with Mandela on various nonprofit initiatives in the later years of Mandela’s life. (Just this past month, U2 contributed the song “Ordinary Love” to the Mandela biopic Mandela: Long Walk To Freedom.) Yesterday, Mandela died at the age of 95. And amidst the global outpouring of appreciation that you’d expect, Bono has added his own voice, writing an eloquent Mandela eulogy for Time. In his piece, Bono focuses more on the work Mandela did toward the end of his life — working to limit poverty and AIDS in Africa — and on his personal bearing than on the already-mythic sacrifices that made Mandela a hero to so many. It’s a stirring piece of writing, and you can read it here.

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