..Sometimes it falls upon a generation to be great. You can be that generation.” - Nelson Mandela
..so, building the future that you seek, realizing the vision that you have, not just for your own countries but for the world --
it will not be easy. It will not be easy. But as you go forward, think about Mandela. Think about 27 years in prison. Think about the hardships and the struggles and being away from family and friends.
Reflecting on his years
in prison, Nelson Mandela wrote that there were dark moments that tested his faith, but he refused to give up. And he said, “I am fundamentally an optimist. Whether that comes from nature or nurture, I cannot say. Part of being optimistic
is keeping one’s head pointed towards the sun, one’s feet moving forward.”
So in your lives, there will be time to test your faith. But no matter how old you grow, I say to all of you today, don’t lose those qualities
of youth -- your imagination, your optimism, your idealism. Because the future of this continent is in your hands, and if you keep your head pointed towards the sun and you keep your feet moving forward, I promise you will SUCCEED. " His excellency,