WorldViews: Stephen Colbert explains why it’s weird when Americans call Mandela ‘Madiba’

By Max Fisher, December 11, 2013

Within South Africa, people often refer to beloved national hero Nelson Mandela by his traditional Xhosa clan name, "Madiba." It's a term of endearment, respect and familiarity. It's also frequently used by Mandela's friends, family and fellow-travelers in the decades long struggle against apartheid.

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