When Nelson Met Ali

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A great image from when Muhammed Ali and Nelson Mandela met in 2005, included in a recent BBC feature titled ‘Ali’s love affair with Africa’. Nelson, of course, had been something of a boxer in his day. And as he had said on a previous occasion, “Ali was not just my hero, but the hero of millions of young, black South Africans because he brought dignity to boxing.”

And to a whole lot of other people too, he might have added.

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Ali  in Nigeria on his first African tour in 1964, where crowds welcomed him with chants of “king of the world” – Photo: AP

BBC feature at: http://www.bbc.com/news/world-africa-36469288

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