Going to the Mountain: A tribute to Nelson Mandela
PUBLISHED to coincide with the worldwide 100th birthday celebrations in July 2018, Going to the Mountain is the story of Ndaba Mandela's unforgettable time living with, and learning from, one of the greatest leaders and humanitarians the world has ever known, his grandfather, Nelson Mandela.
In Going to the Mountain, Ndaba weaves the trials and frustrations of his early life with tales of Madiba's watchful eye and council to paint a new portrait of the man to whom so many feel a unique connection.
Ndaba shares the story of his coming-of-age alongside South Africa's rebirth - a journey that took him from the violent, segregated Soweto ghettos to his grandfather's presidential home.
As a young boy, Ndaba was shunted from place to place. At 11 years old he was unexpectedly invited to live with his grandfather, Nelson Mandela - even though they had only met once before, during a prison visit. While his teen years were complicated, as he approached his twenty-first birthday, Mandela decided that Ndaba was ready to 'go to the mountain' - a test of courage during which you become a man. At the end of this gruelling ritual journey, the elders of the Mandela's tribe gathered and Ndaba's grandfather was there, as ever, to share his greatest life lessons.
From his grandfather, Ndaba learned the spirit of endurance, the triumph of forgiveness, the power of resistance and the beauty of reconciliation. Most importantly, he has continued to demonstrate in many ways the many things Madiba taught him.
Going to the Mountain is a testament to the potential for all of us to change ourselves and our world.
Published by Penguin Random, Going to the Mountain is available in bookshops. RRP$35.