'He was more than one of the greatest leaders of our time, but the greatest teacher' - Ban Ki-Moon
'Nelson Mandela showed us the way with a heart larger than this stadium.' (and it's a 90,000-person
'It is the duty of all of us to love him, to have him in our lives, and to embody his example in our lives'
Next up is the African Union commission chair - who is incidentally Zuma's ex wife.
Tom Kennedy says the atmosphere is remarkable.
'South Africa is in mourning, but at the same time, they're celebrating the life of a gallant leader...' - Nkosazana Zuma
'His humility, compassion, commitment, courage and openness mean thatt working and engaging with him, talking with him, listening with him was always a lesson.
'At the same time, he would be resolutely firm and stand his ground when it came to standing up for the rights of people'
''You have lived a beautiful life. You leave a better world than the one you were born in.'
'Of course we shall miss you, but we know you'll be watching over us and guiding us. You may have now have your well-deserved rest.'
Obama actually met Mandela when he was a senator.
Standing ovation for Obama
'To the people of South Africa, people of every race and every walk of life, the world thanks you for sharing Nelson Mandela with us.'
'Given the sweep of his life, the scope of his accomplishments and the adoration he so rightly deserved, it's tempting to remember Mandela as an icon...but Madiba himself resisted such a lifeless fortune.'
'Mandela shows us the power of action, and taking risks on behalf of our ideas.'
Mandela taught us the power of action, but he also taught us the power of ideas. The importance of reason and argument.
'Mandela demonstrated that ideas are not enough. They must be chiseled into law and institutions'
'It took a man like Madiba to free not just the prisoner, but the jailer as well.' - Obama
'For the people of South Africa, for those he inspired around the globe, Madiba's passing is a time of mourning. But I believe it also prompted for each of us a time for self-reflection.'
Obama says learning about Mandela woke him up, sent him on his journey.
Obama gets the first standing ovation at the memorial.
Now for the President of Brazil (just waiting for translation)
Now up - the vice president of China, Li Yuanchao.
Sorry folks, the feed's translation is slow and difficult to hear
Mandela laid the foundation for long-term growth for his country - Yuanchao
``Mandela was the hero of his nation....endeavored to the vows of his country. - Yuanchao
'Mandela was an old friend o the Chinese people and a household name'
Bedell says China is probably one of the biggest investors in China today.
Accreditation seems to be a non-issue now, Laurie Graham reports
Now up - Namibia President Hifikepuyne Pohamba - himself a former politicla prisoner
'He believed in the will of every human being'
'In our struggle for freedom and independence, Madiba was a symbol of freedom and human growth'
We thank you for sharing this strength, and for being with us
'Madiba was a special and unique gift to the world who's legacy will never be forgotten. '
Again, the speaker is urging people to tone down their singing, dancing and celebration because they're drowning out the speeches. Heck - even the military was getting excited.