By Bukola Olasanmi
The Caretaker Chairman, Nigerian Bar Association, Abuja chapter, Mrs. Princess Frank-Chukwuani, on Tuesday described the late Winnie Mandela as a “significant pillar” who contributed immensely to South Africa’s emancipation.

Frank-Chukwuani made the remarks in Abuja.


The South African anti-apartheid activist, Winnie Madikizela-Mandela, died peacefully on Monday aged 81, following a long illness.

“She died after a long illness, for which she had been in and out of hospital since the start of the year,” Victor Dlamini, a family spokesman said in a statement.

Frank-Chukwuani described Winnie as a Colossus, saying she was a courageous woman who would be remembered and cherished for her defiant role in the struggle and liberation of South Africans against apartheid.

“Whether you like her or not, she remains a role model to most women in Africa as she conquered most of the challenges and betrayals she faced in her life with utmost selflessness, putting her people first before herself.