Dec. 15 - Family, friends and African leaders eulogise Nelson Mandela in a funeral service. Michaela Cabrera reports.
South Africa's prominent personalities, world leaders and VIPs pay their respects to Nelson Mandela in a funeral service in his ancestral village of Qunu. Candles on the stage symbolise each of Mandela's 95 years. Chief Ngangomhlaba Matanzima representing the family, narrated Mandela's origins. His granddaughter Nandi recalls how Mandela loved telling stories from his youth, usually poking fun at himself. (SONUDBITE) (English) MANDELA'S GRANDDAUGHTER, NANDI MANDELA, SAYING: "One of his favorite stories was of him chasing a piece of chicken with a fork at a dinner table with the family of a girl that he wanted as his girlfriend." Leaders from around Africa joined the funeral service, calling Mandela one of Africa's greatest sons and an inspiration for their own countries. Malawi President Joyce Banda, the second female leader on the continent, hailed Mandela as a role model. (SOUNDBITE) (English) MALAWI PRESIDENT JOYCE BANDA SAYING: "I found myself in a situation where I had to work with people that had prevented me from becoming president of my country. I had to forgive, but I had to forgive without any effort, because my Madiba had prepared me." Tanzania president, Jakaya Kikwete, recalled how his country provided a safe haven to members of the African National Congress, including Mandela. (SOUNDBITE) (English) TANZANIA PRESIDENT JAKAYA KIKWETE SAYING: "Madiba's trip trip to Dar Es Salaam was to change the fortunes of the ANC. After being banned by the apartheid regime here in South Africa, the ANC found a new home in Tanzania." Zambia's longtime ruler Kenneth Kaunda, who also supported the fight against apartheid, was also there. A dignified farewell for Mandela, who was honoured as a statesman, a father and grandfather, and a friend.