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Excerpt: Introduction from Nelson Mandela: The Authorised Comic

Nelson Mandela: The Authorised Comic BookNamibiana Buchdepot has released an extract from Nelson Mandela: The Authorised Comic, created by the Nelson Mandela Foundation. The extract is the introduction, which takes note of the organisations and sponsors, writers and illustrators behind the comic book.

This book began as a series of eight comics distributed free by the Nelson Mandela Foundation in partnership with comic publisher Umlando Wezithombe between 2005 and 2007. The series was a project of the Foundation’s Centre of Memory, and was aimed at reaching young South Africans with the story of the life and times of Nelson Mandela, in accessible form. The series drew on a wide range of published work, but also made use of previously unused archival material as well as formal and informal interviews with individuals who appear as characters in the story. We are particularly grateful to Ahmed Kathrada, who acted as special advisor to the series and also assisted with the preparation of this book.

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