Madiba’s letters in prison brought to life on stage

The letters, many of which have never been published, are part of a new book that provides insight into how he engaged with the outside world while in prison.

Letters that the late Nelson Mandela wrote in prison were brought to life on a stage in New York on Monday last night. Picture: Twitter/ @NadiaNeophytou.

NEW YORK - Letters that the late Nelson Mandela wrote in prison were brought to life on a stage in New York on Monday as part of celebrations to commemorate his centenary.

Madiba’s letters, many of which have never been published, are part of a new book that provides insight into how he engaged with the outside world while in prison.

South African-born director Liesl Tommy says reading about Madiba’s journey through his writing still holds relevance and value today.

“No matter who you are and what you achieved in your life, you can always go back to his writing and discover new depths of compassion that you can infuse your life with.”

Human rights activist Ishmael Beah says the book of letters is a reminder of what the world needs more of.

“When he passed away, we first felt that void and as human beings, we tend to forget sometimes. So, I think these kinds of events reawaken that spirit for us again to remember.”

The book The Prison Letters of Nelson Mandela releases on Tuesday.

(Edited by Thapelo Lekabe)