Zindzi Mandela (L) and Zenani Mandela (R) at London premiere of Mandela: Long Walk To Freedom (December 2013)
*The Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences have invited Nelson and Winnie Mandela‘s daughters Zindzi and Zenani to attend the Oscars, where U2 will be performing the nominated song, “Ordinary Love” from “Mandela: Long Walk To Freedom.” [Click through to watch U2's acoustic version with The Roots on "The Tonight Show."]
U2 and lead singer Bono were personal friends of their father and have been working in the anti-apartheid movement through their music since the late 1970s when the daughters were only in their teens.
In a statement Zindzi and Zenani said, “This is especially meaningful to us because of how much our father loved watching movies. This song was inspired by the beautiful letters that my father and mother exchanged while he was imprisoned at Robben Island.”
*Nelson Mandela’s family could be increased by two, if claims from two women are to be believed.
Michael Katz, a lawyer for the executors of the anti-apartheid leader’s estate, confirmed that he received an attorney’s letter citing the women’s claims, and that he would discuss the matter with the executors. The executors revealed details of the will last week.
“They made the claim that they are descendants of Madiba,” Katz told the Associated Press. “They indicated that this wasn’t a monetary claim.”
*Nelson Mandela may be resting in peace, but the former South African president’s family could potentially be at odds over his will.
Mail & Guardian notes that a power struggle within the Mandela family is looming after the civil rights activist chose Graca Machel, Makaziwe and Zenani to represent the family on big decisions. At this time, control of decision-making within the family is the source of conflict between Mandela’s eldest daughter by his first wife Evelyn, Makaziwe and Mandla, the oldest grandson and traditional chief in the Eastern Cape.
*Nelson Mandela left an estate of at least $4.1 million, according to details of his final will and testament released Monday, amid a very public family feud over his legacy, reports AFP.
The wife of South Africa’s first black president is entitled to half of his estate, with the rest going to various family members, personal staff, schools and the ruling ANC.
The will was read out two months after the death in December of the anti-apartheid icon at the age of 95. Executor Dikgang Moseneke, the deputy head of South Africa’s Constitutional Court, said the reading had been “charged with emotion” but no one had yet contested it.
*Iconic leader and former wife of the late Nelson Mandela is in some financial trouble.
A South African magistrate ordered Winnie Mandela to sell her possessions, including scores of paintings, sculptures and a silver tea set to pay off her debts, according to recent court documents.
*3) At age 95, Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela’s death shook the world.
South Africa’s first elected president who was incarcerated by the apartheid regime for 27 years, was given a befitting memorial and funeral in Qunu, where he was buried.