As we mourn the loss of one of the most remarkable men of our age, tributes to Nelson Mandela have come flooding in from some of the most impressive women in the world.
‘One of the great honours of my life was to be invited to Nelson Mandela’s home, spend private time and get to know him. He was everything you’ve ever heard and more – humble and unscathed by bitterness. And he always loved to tell a good joke. Being in his presence was like sitting with grace and majesty at the same time. He will always be my hero. His life was a gift to us all.’ Oprah Winfrey
‘My thoughts and love go out to the Mandela family. Rest in Peace Madiba. You will be missed, but your impact on this world will live forever.’ Charlize Theron
‘We will forever draw strength and inspiration from Nelson Mandela’s extraordinary example of moral courage, kindness, and humility.’ Michelle Obama
‘Nelson Mandela was a champion for justice and human dignity, with unmatched grace. I’ll remember him as Madiba, truly an unconquerable soul.’ Hillary Clinton
‘Mandela represents the best any of us can hope for… He was a great man… And I’m grateful. The world is better for having him.’ Maya Angelou
‘Thank you for all you have sacrificed to improve the lives of other human beings. Rest in peace. God Bless.’ Beyonce Knowles