The life and legacy of one of the world’s greatest icons

The Official Nelson Mandela Opus celebrates the life and legacy of one of the world’s greatest icons.

Unprecedented access to archive material from family and friends, exclusive imagery and work from world renowned photographers and writers, allows Opus to truly honor Nelson Mandela the friend, the father, the husband, the activist, the President. The Opus tells this story in a depth and on a scale that has never been seen before, immortalizing Nelson Mandela’s life.

At 50cm square, 850 pages long and weighing 37kg, The Official Nelson Mandela Opus celebrates the life of a legendary figure.


The story of Madiba is told in true Opus style, with exclusively written contributions from those who knew him best. Those who told their stories, either through contributions or interviews, include South African President Jacob Zuma; Archbishop Desmond Tutu; former South African President FW de Klerk, Nationalist Party chief negotiator Roelf Meyer; ‘Madiba shirt’ designer Sonwabile Ndamase; top South African advocate George Bizos; Rivonia Trialist Ahmed Kathrada and several people who were imprisoned with Mandela on Robben Island; prison warder Jack Swart; American anti-apartheid activist Randall Robinson; Nelson Mandela Foundation historian Verne Harris; FIFA boss Sepp Blatter, South African Football Association chairman Danny Jordaan; entrepreneur Richard Branson; Mandela’s personal assistant Zelda le Grange and Liliesleaf Trust CEO Nicholas Wolpe, celebrity chef Gordon Ramsay and a host of celebrities who interacted with Mandela.

Take a closer look at what’s inside the Opus.