The late former President of South Africa, Nelson Mandela (left), walks with the late former Prime Minister of Jamaica, Michael Manley, when he arrived in the island in July of 1991. Mr. Mandela died on December 5 at the age of 95. (FILE)

The entire human race has lost one of the finest mortal beings who ever walked this planet.

Nelson Mandela overcame the tyranny of racial oppression to become an apostle for a world where people, irrespective of colour or creed, could dwell together in peace and harmony.

He has finally departed our earthly realm, but his memory will endure throughout the ages.

We who were privileged to have known Madiba must ensure that his legacy will continue forever to inspire men and women who strive to spread freedom, justice and peace in our single universe.