Nelson Mandelas Inaugural Speech Text

Nelson Mandelas inaugural speech of May 10 1994 in which the main speech topics are the ideals and the future of the South African President. This famous public address is a good study example of a ceremonial address. It was spoken on a beautiful sunny day in May, four years after he was was released from prison. 

Before you watch the complete video below that I have put in a video, first some facts. The public speaker, Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela (born on July 18, 1918) was elected as the 11th President of South Africa in the first real representative democratic elections which were held on April, 27 1994. It ended a periode of almost a century of apartheid. 

In my humble opinion the general speech topics in the Nelson Mandelas inaugural speech are these three-in-one messages. A classical method to convey information through persuasion: 

A. The features of the nation's people - the promising beauty of the people, the places and the things that have to be done.

B. A tribute to all who played a positive role in the elections - mind the special lines he reserved for his predecessor in office. The man who has the courage to release him and start the peace processs that reached a climax on that day in May.

C. A call for unity: the challenge of building bridges and to say goodbye to all evil that was.

All words and figures of rhetorica speaking come across:

Uniting, giving hope and phrases that read and sound like a long public prayer. The keys hope and new start are serving as the corner stones. A statesman worthy oral communicated message of laying the fundament for a new way of living in a till then separated society.

The Nelson Mandelas inaugural speech includes inspirational phrases like Martin Luther King Jr. did in his lectures. E.g. repetition of ideas, building to a higher conclusion.

He was re-elected in 1994 and leaves the presidential office in 1999. Before he became a very respected worldleader, a lighting example for many yung people, he was jailed for 27 years for anti-apartheid activities as leader of the African National Congress (ANC). After long and huge pressure of the international community State President Frederik Willem de Klerk released the living legend from prison on February 11, 1990.

Four years later he gave his famous address to his country and to the world. It was broadcasted live on television networks.

Billions of watchers were live witness of the birth of a new era.

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