Interesting Facts about Nelson Mandela

December 17, 2012 | Interesting Facts

Nelson Mandela (photo: abc news)

The face of Nelson Mandela delineates one of the influential persons on earth.

A friend, an African President, a leader and hero of the African National Congress is more than anything this man deserves.

A book is not enough to inscribe his memoir as a fellow heart-warming and industrious president.

As a man with wisdom, here are his contributions for the world:

  • Born on July 18, 1918 in Mvezo, South Africa, Mandela has two names that are given one by his tribe family and the other from his school teacher. Rolihlahla Dalibhunga Mandela is his full name from the Madiba clan. “Rolihlahla” defines troublemaker while his English name that was given by his teacher is “Nelson”.
  • Nelson’s family tree is complex to broaden the side of both parents because his father, Gadla Henry Mphakanyiswa, had four wives that born 13 children. Sadly, Gadla died of pulmonary tuberculosis when Nelson reached 9 years old.
  • With Nelson being qualified and the first member among his siblings to attend school, he obtained a certificate for junior years in just two years. As he got into college and enrolled at University of Fort Hare, he became a student council representative long enough to make his family proud. However, he was forced to leave the council due to his boycott involvement.
  • After he broke loose from the arranged marriage, he moved to Johannesburg where he worked as a guard and a clerk. With his competencies to finish his studies, he took law course at the University of Witwatersrand.
  • In 1943, he became an activist for African National Congress (ANC). Nonetheless, though he was an icon for ANC during the period, many were not impressed by the movement and thus, disregarded human rights.
  • Controversies were raised from the fallacies of his arrest and he was imprisoned for more than 27 years. One of which he and 150 others were convicted of treason. In 1962, he was solely arrested for sabotage and more remorseless charges.
  • It was a significant year in 1990 that President De Klerk offered Nelson his release from prison. He became South African President from 1994 to 1999. When he stood firm not only as a president for the country but for honorary contributions, he was featured as ‘The Man of the Century’ winning many humanitarian titles.
  • Upon his presidency, he faced trials to the community against the epidemic crisis of AIDS. Currently, the issue is working its way through.

In summary of our powerful South African president, he opened the gates of freedom into a remarkable history. One of the reputable awards that Nelson received is the honorary degree from more than 50 universities. He was also granted a Nobel Peace Prize in 1993 together with President De Klerk.

Since he retired in 1999 at his hometown, Nelson Mandela  lives as an icon of success.

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