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Freedom Walk - 20 years after!

Twenty years ago the world re-known, adored and celebrated anti-apartheid fighter Nelson Mandela walked out of Victor-Verster Prison in Paarl, 50km from Cape Town - a free man after 27 years.


In South Africa, prominent figures took part in a commemorative walk at the prison where he spent the final months of his 27-year imprisonment. Nelson Mandela spent most of his sentence in Robben Island prison, off the coast of Cape Town, and later in Pollsmoor Prison on the mainland. The re-enactment walk went through the gates of Victor Verster prison, now known as Drakenstein prison, where a statue of Mr Mandela stands with hand upraised.


*Nelson Mandela with former wife, Winnie, 20 years ago


91-year-old Mandela did not take part in the walk but instead went to the parliament where he was cheered and giving a standing ovation. He was there to hear a speech by current President Jacob Zuma where he addressed the MPs and other dignitaries that South Africa would continue to follow the vision set forth by its first black leader. Zuma said that it was a "day to celebrate a watershed moment" that had changed South Africa. He added that Mandela united the country behind the goal of a non-sexist, non-racist, prosperous nation.


Cyril Ramaphosa, a veteran of the anti-apartheid struggle took part in the walk and had this to say: "We are celebrating a life that has been lived in service of our people. “Madiba (Mandela’s clan name) needed to live for the people struggling outside because without the struggle of our people, he would have never been released."


Winnie Madikizela Mandela, Nelson Mandela's former wife was supposed to lead the walk but it was reported that it would be too painful for her to re-enact the experience.


Archbishop Desmond Tutu, another key player in the struggle against apartheid, said although the day of Mandela's release was "a day that promised the beginning of the end of indignity and much had been achieved, much more work remained to be done.”



In 1991 Nelson Mandela became the ANC's leader and was president of South Africa from 1994 until 1999 when he decided to step down - a rare occurrence among African leaders. Mandela’s house, built for him in Qunu village in his hometown, Mthatha, in the Eastern Cape - is a replica of his prison house.

A Nigerian acquires London Gatwick Airport

56-year-old Nigerian, Adebayo Ogunlesi is the new owner of the London Gatwick Airport in a deal worth £1.455 billion.


Ogunlesi is the current chairman and managing partner of Global Infrastructure Partners (GIP), an independent investment fund based in New York City with worldwide stake in infrastructure assets.


According to the report, Ogunlesi has presided over a great number of great deals will pay cash consideration of £1,455 million for the entire share capital of Gatwick Airport Limited on a cash-free, debt-free basis.  Ogunlesi says the acquisition of Gatwick is a landmark deal for GIP and adds another quality asset to his firm's rapidly expanding portfolio.



He previously worked with top-shelf New York law firm, Cravath, Swain & Moore before he moved to advise First Boston (which later acquired Credit Suisse in 1997 to form Credit Suisse First Boston or CSFB) on a hugely lucrative Nigerian gas project. At First Boston, he worked on project finance, brokering deals in which lenders finance assets like oil refineries and mines and are repaid with revenues generated by those enterprises and built CSFB's project-finance business into the world's best.


Ogunlesi attended the prestigious King's College, Lagos. He is a member of the District of Columbia Bar Association. He was a lecturer at Harvard Law School and the Yale School.


Ogunlesi, whose 86-year-old father was the first Nigerian-born medical professor, studied philosophy, politics and economics at Oxford and then earned law and business degrees from Harvard. In the US, he is known as the Nigerian who clerked for late Supreme Court justice, Thurgood Marshall, who they say was unable to pronounce his name and quickly dubbed him Obeedoogee. Colleagues and friends call him Bayo.


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