THE BRONX - The Bronx is paying tribute to the life and legacy of Nelson Mandela.

Muslims at the Al Imam Community Center signed their names and wrote personal messages in honor of the late South African leader, who passed away last week.

Bronx mom Batina Bamba met the freedom fighter when she was 19 years old and studying abroad in Nigeria. After more than a decade, she says she still remembers that day, and has taught her children about Mandela and his fight to end apartheid.

Members of the Islamic center are also planning to watch a live broadcast of Mandela's memorial service in Johannesburg on Tuesday. President Barack Obama and first lady Michelle Obama are flying to South Africa for that service, along with former presidents George W. Bush, Bill Clinton and Jimmy Carter.  

For interview with Batina Bamba on Nelson Mandela, watch the clip to the left or click News 12 Extra on Optimum TV channel 612.