Nelson Mandela’s influence inspired SFA’s Chair of Government

Students and friends call him Dr. Kwame, understandably so.

"My last name is Anwi-Boasiako. And this is where I'm from West Africa and Ghana. I worked for the Ghana Broadcasting Corporation. At that time I was very handsome," said Dr. Kwame Anwi-Boasiako, SFA Department of Government Chair, Former Ghana Broadcaster and Columnist.

The journalist was across the African continent from Nelson Mandela's South Africa. Yet, he reported extensively about Mandela's politics and how they were viewed around the world.

"I remember as a young broadcaster, it was a shock to me in mid 1980's Regan failed to, he actually vetoed sanctions against the apartheid regime. Nelson Mandela himself was considered a terrorist by the worst," said Anwi-Boasiako.

Tuesday nearly 100 heads of state and government were among the tens of thousands who gathered to remember Nelson Mandela. That alone is a testimony for mandela's ability to change minds.

"I put him in the category of Martin Luther King and Ghandi that you can achieve your political goal without using violence," said Anwi-Boasiako.

Mandela embraced all of Africa.

A journey brought him to Ghana.  Kwame wrote in one article, Mandela 'linked his freedom to the total support of all African countries'.

"When we went to the park where he spoke, he talks about forgiveness. He talks about working together. He talks about love for each other," said Anwi-Boasiako.

A pursuit for an education brought Kwame to the united states. Journalism made way for government studies.

He and his wife had three children. One daughter is a nurse. Another is a soon to be college graduate. He's now raising the eleven-year-old alone. Kwame's wife passed away three weeks ago. His family will know of Africa, but is embracing east texas.

"My kids love it. My wife, we buried her in Nacogdoches. And I bought two plots which means this is home for me," Anwi-Boasiako.

Where the Mandela's legacy continues.

Dr. Kwame has given up the broadcast microphone, but says someday he would like to return to writing for African and American newspapers.

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