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City Books Present: Ndaba Mandela

Tuesday 3rd July 2018 - Starts 7.00pm



Nelson Mandela’s life through the eyes of a child who was raised by him.

‘Going to the Mountain’ is the story of Ndaba Mandela’s unforgettable time growing up with, and learning from, one of the greatest leaders the world has ever seen; his grandfather, Nelson Mandela.

In a story that has never been told, ‘Going to the Mountain’ tells the tale of how Nelson Mandela steered his grandson Ndaba from his reckless youth (skipping school, fighting in gangs) to his maturation into a fully realised and principled adulthood. Often as a single parent in his years after imprisonment and through his landmark presidency of South Africa. On a scale both intimate and epic, the book details the gripping arc of Ndaba’s own extraordinary journey, which mirrors that of South Africa’s, from the segregated Soweto ghettos into which he was born, to the presidential mansion in which he grew up, and the challenged times in which he lives now.

Embedded deeply throughout are the rich tribal wisdom and folktales of Nelson Mandela’s Xhosa tribe, which he adored sharing with his grandson–and which influenced both men throughout their lives and helped change the world. Going to the Mountain vividly illustrates the important life lessons Nelson taught his grandson about freedom, forgiveness, leadership, education and self-discipline, strength of body and spirit, integrity and responsibility, respect for oneself and others, resistance in the right ways, times and places, passion for life and purpose, and peace. People have asked Ndaba for years to write his remarkable story in a book..

Now, with the approach of Nelson Mandela’s 100th birthday in July 2018, and global momentum building around the occasion and his foundation’s efforts, Ndaba is being embraced by an extraordinary network of supporters–and he feels ready. It is, at day’s end, a message of unlocking the power within each of us–the cautionary tale of a life that could go one way or the other, depending upon the intervention of a caring soul; and the ability, and awesome power, of an individual life to serve as a catalyst for change.