ENTERTAINMENT & LIFE STYLE

THE MANDELA RESPONSE_Dr Biodun Ogungbo

When Nelson Mandela was studying law at the University, a white professor, whose last name was Peters, disliked him intensely. One day, Mr. Peters was having lunch at the dining room when Mandela came along with his tray & sat next to the professor. The professor said, “Mr Mandela, you do not understand, a pig & a bird do not sit together to eat” Mandela looked at him as a parent would a rude child & calmly replied, “You do not worry professor. I’ll fly away,” & he went & sat at another table. Mr. Peters, reddened with rage, decided to take revenge. The next day in class he posed the following question: “Mr. Mandela, if you were walking down the street & found a package, & within was a bag of wisdom & another bag with money, which one would you take ?” Without hesitating, Mandela responded, “The one with the money, of course.” Mr. Peters , smiling sarcastically said, “I, in your place, would have taken the wisdom.” Nelson Mandela shrugged & responded, “Each one takes what he doesn’t have.” Mr. Peters, by this time was fit to be tied. So great was his anger that he wrote on Nelson Mandela’s exam sheet the word “IDIOT” & gave it to Mandela. Mandela took the exam sheet & sat down at his desk trying very hard to remain calm while he contemplated his next move. A few minutes later, Nelson Mandela got up, went to the professor & told him in a dignified polite tone, “Mr. Peters, you signed the sheet, but you did not give me the grade.”

Dr Ogungbo is a consultant neurosurgeon, MD Brain and Spine Surgery Consortium, Spine fixed in Abuja

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