Bono Pens Tribute Essay to Nelson Mandela

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Bono Pens Tribute Essay to Nelson Mandela

Bono, a longtime civil rights activist and supporter of Nelson Mandela, has written a tribute for the former South African president in Time.

“As an activist I have pretty much been doing what Nelson Mandela tells me since I was a teenager,” Bono writes. “He has been a forceful presence in my life going back to 1979, when U2 made its first anti-apartheid effort.” The U2 frontman went on to praise Mandela for his efforts to end Apartheid in South Africa, as well as his struggle to put an end to AIDS and poverty in Africa.

Over the years, Bono and Mandela worked together on several nonprofit projects. Last week, U2 also released the first track “Ordinary Love,” off their new album for the upcoming Mandela biopic Mandela: Long Walk To Freedom.

Mandela died yesterday afternoon at the age of 95. Read the full piece from Bono here.

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