What is missing in the general view of Mandela is his wit, his quick humor in surprising circumstances.
In 1998, he married Graça Machel, a warrior in the war that was won against Portuguese colonial rule in Mozambique and the widow of Samora Machel, the President of Mozambique, who was killed in a plane crash allegedly engineered by apartheid-supporting South Africans. So Machel was a woman who had married two Presidents. At the end of the wedding ceremony, after the “I do’s” and wild congratulations, she announced that she would keep the surname Machel. Mandela, asked how he felt about this, replied, “I’m glad she didn’t want me to take her name.”