PLEASE NOTE:

MyNews24 is a user-generated section of News24.com. The stories here come from users.

 
Nasiphi Mvunyiswa
 
Comments: 4
Article views: 3810
 
 
Latest Badges:

 
View all Nasiphi Mvunyiswa's badges.
 

The Phenomenal woman

30 May 2014, 11:17

By: Nasiphi Mvunyiswa

On the 28th of May, the great and wise soul that was Maya Angelou passed away.  A woman that was truly phenomenal.  She was a teacher to the world, the hashtag #MayaTaughtMe trended worldwide on twitter on the day of her death.  She may have left us but her extraordinary published work and lessons will forever live on in the hearts of many.

Maya Angelou was born in St. Louis, Missouri on the 4th of April 1928 as Marguerite Ann Johnson.  When she became more famous, she changed her name to something more original and something people would easily remember.  She has published 7 autobiographies, written numerous essay books.  She was a poet, Grammy winning singer, actress, I could really go on and on, there’s just so much that this one individual was able to do in her 86 years on this earth. 

Maya never pretended to be perfect, she wasn’t.  In her life she has made foolish mistakes, mistakes she has been very forthcoming about in her autobiographies.   That’s what made her the great teacher she was, she learnt lessons from every mistake she made and taught the whole world as well.  One of her quotes is “When you learn, teach.  When you get, give.”  She truly did that. 

She was truly a strong woman; she went through so many difficulties in her life but managed to rise every time.  She describes this perfectly on her famous poem Still I rise, “Out of the huts of history’s shame I rise, up from a past that’s rooted in pain, I rise”.  She was able to give people strength.  People would listen to her recite or read Still I rise and realise they can rise and not stay in the difficult circumstances they are in.  She was able to touch so many lives from a distance.

And the fact that a woman that has experienced so much hurt and difficulty in her life had so much love is remarkable.  It could have been so easy for her to walk around with bitterness and anger, but instead she chose to love.  One of her greatest lessons was to always choose to love instead of hate.  To always forgive instead of letting a grudge weigh you down.

She has been one of my biggest teachers and will forever remain in my heart, may she rest in peace.

Disclaimer: All articles and letters published on MyNews24 have been independently written by members of News24's community. The views of users published on News24 are therefore their own and do not necessarily represent the views of News24. News24 editors also reserve the right to edit or delete any and all comments received.

 

Read News24’s Comments Policy

24.com publishes all comments posted on articles provided that they adhere to our Comments Policy. Should you wish to report a comment for editorial review, please do so by clicking the 'Report Comment' button to the right of each comment.

Comment on this story
4 comments
Add your comment
Comment 0 characters remaining

Read more from our Users

Submitted by
Reggie Makgoba
The creative student

There is nothing more fulfilling to any teacher than seeing their students challenge the status quo and finding ways to contribute new ideas to a subject with passion. Read more...

0 comments 315 views
Submitted by
Kelvin Esiasa167
Social Injustices should be curbe...

I am writing this article at the backdrop of calamities that have been taking places around the globe and the South African xenophobia is one such an example Read more...

5 comments 333 views
Submitted by
Magda_Kus
Stop Hate/ Xenophobia/ Racism - I...

If you were driving past a scene of an accident, with no emergency services in sight, would you carry on driving saying "I did not cause that accident!" Read more...

5 comments 277 views
Submitted by
Puff
Bloodlust

This man had a mother. A father. He was perhaps a brother, a friend, a lover. This man had a purpose. He had a dream. He had a life. He had laughter and love and hope waiting for him. Read more...

6 comments 608 views
Submitted by
Andre Colling
The Saudis, Iran, Yemen and a bad...

Many conclude that Yemen is yet another step towards the cataclysmic sectarian war and , quite possibly, the trigger that leads the region to this ultimate battle. I, for one, can find no reason not to hold a similar position. Read more...

3 comments 652 views
Submitted by
Elaine Bing
Roots of xenophobia and genocide

We don’t want to live in a country that harms others and we need to all take on the responsibility of preventing further violence. Read more...

27 comments 517 views
 

services

E-mail Alerts The latest headlines in your inbox

RSS feeds News delivered really simply.

Mobile News24 on your mobile or PDA

E-mail Newsletters You choose what you want

News24 on your iPhone Get News24 headlines on your iPhone.

News24 on Android Get the latest from News24 on your Android device.

SMS Alerts Get breaking news stories via SMS.

Blogs Your opinion on you, me and everyone.

 
Interactive Advertising Bureau
 
© 2015 24.com. All rights reserved.
There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.
 
English
Afrikaans
isiZulu

Hello 

Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.


Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire 24.com network.

Settings

Location Settings

News24 allows you to edit the display of certain components based on a location. If you wish to personalise the page based on your preferences, please select a location for each component and click "Submit" in order for the changes to take affect.




Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.