50 Cent On Meeting Nelson Mandela: "It Was A Wonderful Experience" [Video]


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50 Cent's career has taken him to every part of the globe. During that time he has had the opportunity to meet with many remarkable people. One of his fondest and most impactful memories is of his 2008 meeting with the former President of South Africa, Nelson Mandela.



"For me that was a wonderful experience," the G-Unit CEO, told MTV. "When I met him he was real quiet. I didn't know what I expected. I'd seen photographs before and all that, but I was excited. I got up that morning like, 'Yo, they say I might be able to meet him.' I'd read things prior to that about him. Now you see how adversity could define you. When you see someone that willed their way through probably the toughest situations in the world. There's nothing tougher than that."


50 recalled visiting Robben Island and seeing the prison cell Mandela had to live in for 18 of his 27 years in prison, after being convicted in 1962 of sabotage and conspiracy to overthrow the South African government. During that time Mandela only had a straw mat to sleep on.


Mandela's Robben Island prison cell


"Even the cell was like 6 x 6 feet. The other cells would feel like a luxury suite compared to that," 50 said. "Your feet would be at the door. They would have him out working, breaking rocks. It would create this white sand. The dust from that over the 27 years that he spent in the penitentiary had started doing a little damage to his eyes. To endure that type of discomfort... even the stories about his wife at the time, it's a horror film."



Visiting museums and talking to people who had experienced what it was like to live through apartheid made a lasting impression on 50.


"The learning process. We went to museums. We got a chance to go back step by step throughout history and different people that were around, that first hand experienced things during that time period. The things they would tell you off the air would intensify things," he continued. "When a person turns away from a picture and tells you something that personally happened to them during that time frame. It seems so far away from what we call hard times in low income environments within the U.S. It makes you look at your choices, like maybe you made them under the wrong thoughts. Because it felt like we didn't have anything or we were under the worst scenario ever. Then you see something that's more intense than that. It'll make you feel different."

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Comment by 1THUG aka SUPPREEM MACRIFF!! on December 8, 2013 at 8:08pm
You right iss two legends right there: Mandella and tha Striped Polo Shirt!! Ahhh what tha fugg you thinkin negga!!
Comment by 2Corvettes on December 7, 2013 at 4:44pm
#SK Thats whats up. Happy Birthday Monique
Comment by SMP on December 7, 2013 at 7:47am
Let's get some buzz because Mandela passed...sh-it I'm sure Mandela didn't remember Fif, lol.
Comment by Surfel Tewodros on December 6, 2013 at 1:05pm
Comment by Emmanuel Leke on December 6, 2013 at 10:20am
Two legends
Comment by ChronicSmoke on December 6, 2013 at 8:29am
Haga shut up lol
Comment by 1THUG aka SUPPREEM MACRIFF!! on December 6, 2013 at 12:33am
i heard 50 tryda get mandella to drink a grape street king and rock tha sms audio headphones and mandella had his handlers threaten fif!!
Comment by 1THUG aka SUPPREEM MACRIFF!! on December 6, 2013 at 12:32am
mandella did NOT approve of 50 wardrobe!! or tha power fragrance!!
Comment by 1THUG aka SUPPREEM MACRIFF!! on December 6, 2013 at 12:31am
and afta tha meetin was finish...mandella was like dat RUN DMC guy was great...but why kont he afford garments dat fit!!
Comment by M.K.J... on December 5, 2013 at 9:30pm



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