"Thunder in Africa" depicts Nelson Mandela as a young boxer
This work of art was specially commissioned by Golden Gloves, Carnival City Casino and the management of Lennox Lewis to celebrate the momentous Lennox Lewis / Hasim Rahman title fight which is being dedicated to a very unique man, former President of South Africa, Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela, or Madiba as he is affectionately known.
Nelson Mandela has been a continuous inspiration to millions of people around the world, having defied reason and logic to free a nation that was destined for internal conflict.
In the artist's own words: "I am privileged to be able to have witnessed Madiba's work, and feel honoured to have contributed to the greatest boxing event on the African continent which truly caused a thunder in Africa. Rather than just a boxer, I see Nelson Mandela as having delivered that punch for freedom, which is what this sculpture is about."
This statuette is a cast of the original mould of "Thunder in Africa," sculpted by the South African artist Des Khoury. The breaking of this mold was witnessed by international press and TV on 20 April 2001 at the official weigh-in. This Limited Edition was personally endorsed by Nelson Mandela.