Kanye West: I Am Going To Be ‘Bigger’ Than Nelson Mandela, the Story Behind the Popular Hoax

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By Lou Ramon Aguila | December 9, 2013 8:51 PM EST

American Rapper Kanye West has been in hot water recently after his alleged comment about him being the successor of the late African Leader Nelson Mandela. Apparently, not all circulating in the Internet are true, including this hoax.

On Thursday, Mandela, the Nobel Peace prize winner who was instrumental in crushing the Apartheid system in South Africa, passed away at 95. Numerous dignitaries and celebrities expressed their condolences to the leaders' family for the loss of a great son of democracy.

However, there were some who were critical about Mandela's death. Members of the opposing party called his demise the death of a terrorist, linking Mandela and his African National Congress (ANC) to several attacks at the heat of the war against the Apartheid system.

Kenya West's Alleged Comments

Ever controversial, West's name was being dragged into another controversy after satirical news publication Daily Currant posted another brow-raising article on West calling himself as 'the next Mandela.'

Here's an excerpt of West's made-up interview with Daily Currant:

"I am the next Nelson Mandela," West told the Daily Currant. "I'm only 36 years old, and when I look at everything I've accomplished, it's the only comparison that makes any sense. By the time I'm 95, I'm going to be a bigger hero than he ever was."

"Nelson Mandela did a lot of good work, don't get me wrong. But I think I'm on track to do something even bigger. I liberate minds with my music. That's more important than liberating a few people from apartheid or whatever."

"Not to say Mandela wasn't for real. I have mad respect. I just think we need to keep things in perspective here. Anyone can be replaced. And I think I'm well on my way towards being the next great black leader. I'm already worshiped around the world. And there's more to come," he added.

Moreover, South African publication Times got everyone buzzing after posting the link of an article, unaware the news was just fake.

"By 95, I'll be a bigger hero than Nelson Mandela: Kanye West," the Times tweeted.

The story reportedly irritated several people on the microblogging Web site, but others quickly sensed that the report was nothing but a plain hoax.

One thing for sure here, West could reach the top of the music world but he will never suffice the legacy built by Nelson Mandela. 

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