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Nelson Mandela

Anti-Apartheid Activist, President of ANC and Former President of South Africa
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Net worth 2018: $17 Million
Industry: Presidents
Residence: Mvezo
Country: South African
BirthDay: 18 July 1918
Sigh: Leo
Died On: December 5, 2013
Education: University of Fort Hare, University of London External System, University of South Africa, University of the Witwatersrand

Nelson Mandela was bornon 18 July 1918 in Mvezo, South African, is Anti-Apartheid Activist, President of ANC and Former President of South Africa. Ironically, his baptized forename, ‘Rolihlahla’ meaning ‘troublemaker’, blended well with his personality over the growing years as Nelson Mandela caused serious trouble to the government of South Africa, through this anti-apartheid movement and revolutionary ways. Inheriting the ‘proud rebelliousness’ and ‘sense of fairness from his father, Mandela was raised in a Methodist Christian community. Ever since a young age, he was actively involved in anti-colonial politics, which led to his joining the ANC. The admittance was a historic one not only in the life of Mandela but that of every countrymen of South Africa, as it eventually led to a discrimination-free country. Inspired by Gandhi and committed to non-violent struggle, Mandela however moved to armed struggle after a phase of time. This was basically due to failure of non-violent protest against apartheid and increasing repression and violence from the state. In his 67 years long political career, Mandela led numerous movements, and was arrested, convicted and imprisoned various times, the longest being the 27 years life imprisonment. However, all the pain was worth it as year 1994 marked the end of apartheid and holding of multi-racial elections. What’s more, Mandela became the inaugural President of the country (apart from being the first black South African to hold the office). Probably, this is why he is referred to by numerous titles, including ‘the father of the nation’, ‘the founding father of democracy’, ‘the national liberator, the saviour, its Washington and Lincoln rolled into one’.


Mandela was hospitalized a number of times since then and he finally breathed his last on December 5, 2013


Ever since 2004, Mandela suffered from depreciating health condition, which worsened in 2011 when he was hospitalized due to respiratory illness


In 1998, Mandela remarried Graca Machel (nee Simbine), widow of Samora Machel, on account of his 80th birthday


The two separated in 1992 following which they finally divorced in 1996


In 1958, Mandela walked up to the aisle for the second time alongside Winnie Madikizela-Mandela


He rose to prominence for his Defiance Campaign in 1952 and Congress of the People in 1955


After the rite was over, he was given the name ‘Dalibunga’Mandela attained his secondary education from reputed institution, post which he enrolled at the Methodist college in Fort Beaufort in 1937


Nelson Mandela was born Rolihlahla Mandela, on July 18, 1918, to Gadla Henry Mphakanyiswa and Nosekeni Fanny

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