Selwyn Milborrow talks about his book 'Madiba's Quotes & Anecdotes' to Prof Darryl David


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South African authors, Selwyn Milborrow and Bevan Boggenpoel released a new book Madiba’s Quotes & Anecdotes: Reflections and Conversations. It honours Nelson Mandela through his quotes, anecdotes, and commentary. The authors use Madiba’s 27 quotes to reflect on his 27 years on Robben Island and beyond. The idea for the book came about during the first Covid-19 lockdown in 2020. Boggenpoel shared his vision for the book with Milborrow, and they immediately started sharing their poetry and commentaries. They looked at 27 quotes shared by Nelson Mandela, as a political prisoner, freedom fighter, leader, president, and peacemaker during his lifetime. Madiba’s quotes and his unique leadership style have always inspired them. It comes through very strongly in the book. The poetry in the book is linked to the quotes of Madiba. Commentaries in the book tie in with Madiba’s quotes, and the authors’ own experiences during apartheid.

“This book comes at a time when true leadership has become a scarce resource around the world. The authors honour Madiba’s legacy through beautiful poetry and commentary. If this book touches only one life, then Boggenpoel and Milborrow have done their duty.” - Luthando Lucas, author of I AM.