Monday, 21 October 2013

Sheila Mwanyigha Talks Freedom After Visiting Mandela's Jail Cell

Singer, TV personality and radio presenter, Sheila Mwanyigha was recently in South Africa where she had an epiphany.

Freedom is not free!

Sheila visited Nelson Mandela's prison cell in Robben Island and it left her teary eyed.

Here is her experience as posted on her Facebook page....

While on vacation I had the pleasure of spending a few days in Cape Town. It is a wonderful city and this time around, I felt ready to take the ferry to Robben Island. The island that played home to a host of South African political prisoners and history makers. The tour was conducted by a former political prisoner who has since chosen to guide tourists on life within the prison, and together with other ex prisoners, they share their personal struggles and triumphs. It was humbling to see the quarry where prisoners would spend their days in the harsh light digging up limestone, that would sometimes end up at worst being dumped in the ocean and at best, crushed into gravel that would be laid out on the roads. The bright light reflecting off the quarry's surfaces resulted in eye damage for many of the prisoners. Lung damage from exposure to the elements and quarry also wreaked havoc on those consigned to spend their days there. When I saw the cell that Nelson Mandela spent 27 years in, it was difficult not to get misty eyed. Could I have been so brave? Could I have kept the faith? Could you? Spending even a day in this cell was frightening to imagine, but 27 years? The price of freedom is one that is so easy to take for granted, but for everything that we have, for everything that we are, someone, somewhere, has paid the price. Freedom, is not free good people, so give thanks for this precious gift, and remember those who are still walking on the long road to freedom.