Nelson Mendela

Facts about Nelson Mandela

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Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela was born 18 July in the year 1918. He was named Rolihlahla and got the name Mandela from his grandfather. The name Nelson was given to him by his teacher Miss Mdingane. He was born in Mveso, Umtata in the Cape Province. After the death of his father he was looked after by his relative. He became the first child of Mandela family to get education. He was an intelligent child and completed the Junior certificate in two years instead of three. Nelson took admission in the University of Fort Hare to do Bachelor’s in Arts but was soon suspended as he joined in the protest boycott. He accomplished his graduation through correspondence from the University of South Africa. Mandela was a bright student and while in prison he studied and passed Bachelor’s degree of Law from the University of London External Program and in 1952 he along with Tambo started the first legal firm for the black in South Africa. In 1956 he was arrested for a deceit with 150 more blacks but they managed to elope in 1961; to escape arrest he disguised in different forms. Though a tough believer of non violence he formed MK guerrilla force to fight against apartheid. He was finally sent to prison in 1962 and was imprisoned for 27 long years and was released in 1990. In 1994 he was elected the first South African president elected in the complete democratic elections. A simple president was well known for wearing Madiba shirts (batik painted). He was 75 when he was elected the president, the first oldest president. Mandela has almost 250 prizes to his name. Some of them being Nobel Peace Prize, honorary Canadian citizen, Lenin Peace Prize and many others. His degrees are from the renowned Universities which are more than fifty from all around the world.


  1. Mandela was elected as a President for South Africa the year of 1994. Not 1990. He elected as a President from 1994-1999. Please correction that.

  2. Mandela is a terrorist. He has never said sorry for all the killings that he has done. A brilliant tactician who has fooled the world that he is a saint when he is evil.

  3. Mandela is a hero. He stayed in prison for 27years,
    suffered different forms of degradation and
    humiliation but at the vindicated.
    Only very few people are lucky like that in life. A living legend.

  4. First of all people you must Remember that before he went to prison he was a freedom fighter, that means he FIGHTED, and synonym of freedom fighter is terrorist. Yes our innocent Mandela killed people and planted bombs yet only South Africans know this(blacks too). He may have done good things once out but I believe that he should never had been let put. Winnie Mandela, his wife was a terrible person aswell. (If you do not believe this you have been fooled by the media who try and build heroes for the ignorant to keep them controlled)

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