Monday 6 June 2016

Ali - A Succinct Eulogy

Muhammad Ali

Ali is truly a universal figure; a man who authentically transcends cultural and geographical boundaries. 

One may choose to focus on his extraordinary boxing skills or his strident social activism or his larger-than-life and media-friendly personality, but you cannot ultimately claim the man because you are from Louisville or are Black or an American or a Muslim.

Those who reviled him in his lifetime cannot dismantle or diminish him whatever were his faults, mistakes and limitations.

The man had long carved himself a place in humanity's consciousness. Ali's influence in so many ways will endure so long as humanity endures. 

He belongs to the ages...

(C) Adeyinka Makinde (2016)

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