BY MWAYI MEKEMEKE 17/12/2013
The Malawi President Dr. Joyce Banda has made Malawi a subject on an international scene with her captivating and powerful speech she delivered as part her eulogy to Tate Nelson Mandiba Mandela, former South African President, which has reportedly attracted over 2 million people tweeting and getting directly involved in the conversation about the president’s moving speech.
According to twitter analytics tool, Tweetreach, tweets which contained the hashtag #joycebanda alone gained over 1 649 702 impressions or opportunities to see during the State President’s speech at Nelson Mandela’s State Funeral on Saturday in Qunu.
More than 2 million people were directly involved in the conversation about the President and there would have been many other people who would have shared it. The hashtag #joycebanda also trended on Twitter during her speech.
After her address, the President received a standing ovation from the crowd, which consisted of many Heads of State and Government and global celebrities. Many members of the audience were visibly moved by the President’s words about “her Madiba.”
Social media network, Twitter also exploded with numerous tweets reflecting the positive sentiment that the President stirred in her speech. Some tweets even saying that the President’s speech was on a par with President Barrack Obama’s address.
Prominent personalities who tweeted #Joycebanda were people like Radio and TV star Dineo Ranaka and TV programs such as Carte Blanche and activist accounts such as LeadSA
@phumzizo “I have new found love and respect for #JoyceBanda and #Malawi I envy them for having you as their president. #JoyceBanda #MyPresident’
@AewonWolf: We need more women like Joyce Banda, here’s someone to look up to, not Rihanna or Miley #JoyceBanda #MandelaFuneral
@the_dimpled_one: I have a new found respect for H.E President #JoyceBanda of Malawi. She makes me more proud than ever to be an AfricanWoman!
@Terence46743926: #JoyceBanda roaring,moving tribute, speech of the day.WAKE-UP #Malawi u have a great, inspiring leader that can hold her own.
@gopzeee: At #MandelaMemorial it was Pres @BarackObama ‘s speech that took a centre stage and 2day, it’s Pres #JoyceBanda ‘s speech. #MandelaFuner
@ashleymlotha1: #JoyceBanda “Leadership is about selfless giving not for personal gain” #MandelaFuneral
@ZippyNdokweni: LEADERS:”It is about serving the people selflessly, sacrifice and with a need to put common good ahead of personal interest.”#JoyceBanda
With Twitter reaching a global audience, the discussion generated will have done a huge amount to restore confidence in Malawi by the population of those countries who support the country with donor aid.
During her speech the President noted how Mandela served as her role model especially during difficult times in her political career, referring to him as “My Madiba.” She also talked about her leadership philosophy. Twitter followers responded passionately by quoting parts of her speech and commenting positively on her leadership style.
@carol_munga: Forgiving those who plan to assasinate (sic) you,who try to block your vision and rising above that to working with the same people..#Joycebanda
@Petit_Naturelle “Leadership is about falling in love with people you serve and them falling in love with you” #JoyceBanda