The world of showbusiness was represented by actors Forrest Whitaker and Idris Elba, the British star who plays Mandela in a new film based on his autobiography, Long Walk to Freedom. Dignitaries: Malawi’s president Joyce Banda, Prince Albert of Monaco and Zambia’s first president Kenneth Kaunda are pictured talking in the purpose-built dome in Qunu Sombre: South Africa’s current president Jacob Zuma sitting between Winnie Mandela and Graca Machel Controversial: Sinn Fein president Gerry Adams was invited to join a guard of honour for Mandela Meeting: Mr Adams tweeted a photograph of himself with Zimbabwe opposition leader Morgan Tsvangirai Virgin entrepreneur Richard Branson sat with TV host Oprah Winfrey and her partner Stedman Graham. Another African-American icon to attend the funeral was Jesse Jackson, the Baptist minister and civil rights leader. Desmond Tutu, the former Archbishop of Cape Town, attended the service and accompanied the coffin on its procession to the grave site, despite initially claiming that he was being kept away from the ceremony. David Cameron and other British leaders chose not to attend the funeral, having travelled to South Africa for the the memorial service. However, Sinn Fein president Gerry Adams did go to the ceremony, and yesterday he joined a guard of honour for Mandela at a celebration of his life hosted by the ruling ANC party. Moved: Ms Winfrey during the service, which saw 4,500 mourners descend on the village Front row: Civil rights activist Jesse Jackson, left, in front of Mandela’s coffin with first lady Nompumelelo Ntuli, Graca Machel and Jacob Zuma Watching: Former French prime ministers Alain Juppe and Lionel Jospin in the congregation Prince Albert of Monaco and former French prime ministers Lionel Jospin and Alain Juppe were also among the guests today. The number of well-known people invited to the funeral has been a source of controversy, as a number of Qunu residents were barred from attending, instead watching the proceedings on a big screen erected nearby. Mr Zuma was just one of many African leaders who travelled to the village, and he gave a eulogy in which he praised Mandela as a ‘beacon of hope’. ‘It is the end of an extraordinary journey that began 95 years ago,’ he said. ‘It is the end of 95 glorious years, of a freedom fighter, a dedicated and humble servant of the people of South Africa.
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How Nelson Mandela Inspired Music, Movies, Poems
Freeman, an actor of such august bearing that his roles have ranged from judges to God, played Mandela in “Invictus,” about a South African rugby team. During the quarter century Mandela was jailed, his freedom became synonymous with the freedom of his country.
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