For a man who spent nearly three decades in prison, the passage of time was no doubt important to Nelson Mandela. So it is perhaps fitting that an exhibition in London about his life and legacy featured his watch, which was always kept on South African time wherever he travelled in the world as the country’s first black president. The interactive exhibition takes a journey though Mandela’s life including his upbringing in rural Eastern Cape as the son of a chief, his 27-year incarceration and the end of apartheid when he became president in 1994. Mandela died in 2013 aged 95. It featured previously unseen footage alongside more than 150 artefacts such as clothes, campaign posters and travel documents on loan from the family of the Nobel Peace Prize winner and museums and archives worldwide. London is the first city to host the touring show Mandela – The Official Exhibition before it is permanently mounted in Mandela’s birthplace Mvezo.Published in Daily Times, February 11th 2019.