Nelson Mandela – this name reminds us of a person who almost single-handedly led to the demise of apartheid practice in South Africa. Though Mandela won Nobel Peace Prize, he actually resorted to violent means for achieving freedom. This man spent almost 3 decades in prison and while being in prison, he graduated in law. In this article, we are going to learn about some interesting Nelson Mandela facts. Hopefully, you will find them useful.
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1. Nelson Mandela was born on July, 18, 1918 to a royal family of Thembu tribe (who spoke Xhosa language). He was born in a South African village, Mvezo.
2. He was born to Gadla Henry Mphakanyiswa, the chief of the village and Nosekeni Fanny. When Mandela was 9 years old, his father died.
3. So, Jongintaba Dalindyebo, a regent of high-rank in Thembu adopted Mandela. He was the one sowed the seeds of leadership in Mandela’s mind.
4. Nelson Mandela is not his original name. His original name is Rolihlahla Mandela, which in Xhosa language meant “to pull the branch off a tree” and it also meant “troublemaker”. Despite the fact that his name was changed, he continued to create troubles for the English people.
5. Mandela’s teacher gave him the name Nelson. The reason behind giving this name is not yet known but it is seen that it was a normal practice in South Africa back then to give kids an English name so that it would be easy for the Englishmen to pronounce. His teacher took Nelson from a British admiral’s name, Horatio Nelson.
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6. He has other names as well. He is loving called as Madiba and Mkhulu by South African people. Madiba is the name of his clan. Mkhulu means grandfather in their language.
7. He was the first person in his family to receive proper education. He finished his primary studies in a local missionary school and then joined some other schools where he excelled not only in academics but also boxing.
8. In 1939, he joined University of Fort Hare, which was the only Western-style university in South Africa which allowed Africans to study.
9. Not even a year passed after he joined in such elite university, he was thrown out of the college along with Oliver Tambo (his business partner in future) and other friends for participation in boycotting against policies of university.
10. He went to Johannesburg when his guardian arranged for his wedding. There he did some petty jobs and studied law. He got his degree in law from University of Witwatersrand. Even there he actively participated in movements which were against racial discrimination and formed good relationships with key black and white activists.