Nomzamo Winnie-Madikizela Mandela was born on 26 September 1936 in a village of Mbongweni in the Transkei (Eastern Cape). She was an active activist for the fight against the oppression of Black people during the apartheid regime. She was married to our former president, the late Nelson Mandela and popularly known as the mother of the nation.
Winnie’s story and history is one that is heartbreaking, courageous, inspirational and triumphant. In a documentary on PBS, “Winnie explores her life and contribution to the struggle to bring down apartheid in South Africa from the inside, with intimate insight from Winnie herself, those who were closest to her and the enemies who sought to extinguish her radical capacity to shake up the order of things.”
While she was popularly known for her political role and activism, she was also a fashionable woman. And to celebrate her life, South Africans took to social media using hashtags such as #IAmWinnieMandela #AllBlackWithADoek #SheDidintDieSheMultiplied to post images of themselves wearing the iconic headwrap styles that Winnie would be seen rocking.
In flesh you are no longer Makhulu, but in spirit, in soul, in principle, and every single stream of what courage, independence, resilience and love looks like, you are multiplied. The stories that should be told about you will be inescapable, and this land will belong to its people as you wished. #LongLiveMamaWinnie #IamWinnieMandela #MotherOfTheNation #AllBlackWithDoek #AlutaContinua
Thank you to Ade for inviting us into her home and facilitating a communion over food and Lessons from Mam Winnie. Listening to the music that painted nostalgia for our childhoods and having discourse on the importance and urgency of writing and recording as young black womxn so they can never distort our stories. It was a magical afternoon. Thank you ❤ #MamWinnie #sheismultiplied #misbehavingwomxn
May her soul rest in power.
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