Nelson Mandela

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Date of Birth July 18, 1918
Place of Birth Mvezo, South Africa
Date of Death Dec 5, 2013 (95)
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Nelson Mandela

Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela was a South African anti-apartheid revolutionary, political leader, and philanthropist who served as President of South Africa from 1994 to 1999. He was the country's first black head of state and the first elected in a fully representative democratic election. His government focused on dismantling the legacy of apartheid by tackling institutionalised racism and fostering racial reconciliation. Ideologically an African nationalist and socialist, he served as the president of the African National Congress party from 1991 to 1997. A Xhosa, Mandela was born to the Thembu royal family in Mvezo, Union of South Africa. He studied law at the University of Fort Hare and the University of Witwatersrand before working as a lawyer in Johannesburg. There he became involved in anti-colonial and African nationalist politics, joining the ANC in 1943 and co-founding its Youth League in 1944.

Born: July 18, 1918, Mvezo, Cape Province, Union of South Africa
Died: December 05, 2013, Johannesburg, Gauteng, South Africa
Cause of death: Respiratory infection
Political party: African National Congress
Other political affiliations: South African Communist Party
Children: 6 (including Makgatho, Makaziwe, Zenani and Zindziswa)
Parents: Nosekeni Fanny, Gadla Henry Mphakanyiswa
Occupation: Activist, Politician, Philanthropist, Lawyer
Deputy: Thabo Mbeki, F. W. de Klerk
Preceded by: F. W. de Klerk (State President)
Succeeded by: Thabo Mbeki
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About Nelson Mandela

South African revolutionary and politician who radically changed the conditions of the Apartheid state of South Africa by addressing institutionalized racism and inequality. He served 27 years in prison and, upon his release in 1994, he became South Africa's first black chief executive, an office he served for five years.

Before Fame

He completed his junior certificate at Clarkebury Boarding School in two years, instead of the regular three.


He received the Nobel Peace Prize in 1993 while he was still in prison. He has been portrayed by Sidney Poitier, Danny Glover, Idris Elba, Terrence Howard, and Morgan Freeman in various stories about his life.

Family Life

His great-grandfather was the king of the Thembu people, Ngubengcuka. He was married to Evelyn Ntoko Mase from 1944 to 1957, to Winnie Madikizela from 1958 to 1996, and married Graca Machel in 1998.


He cited Mohandas Gandhi as an influence on his nonviolent resistance tactics, and received the Gandhi Peace Prize in 2000.

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