“Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world.”

Nelson Mandela,  popularly known as ‘Madiba‘, was the first black and democratically elected president of South Africa from 1994 to 1999. He spent 27 years in prison.

Full Name :  Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela

Born :  July 18, 1918, in the tiny village of Mvezo, Transkei, South Africa.

Died :  December 5, 2013, at the age of 95, at his home in Johannesburg, Gauteng, South Africa.

Father :  Gadla Henry Mphakanyiswa

Mother :  Noqaphi Nosekeni

Mandela’s Writings :  I Am Prepared to Die (1964), No Easy Walk to Freedom (1965), The Struggle Is My Life (1986)and In His Own Words (2003)

Mandela Day :  Since July 18, 2009July 18, 2009

Autobiography :  Long Walk to Freedom (published in 1994)

7 Inspiring Facts About Nelson Mandela :

First Democratically Elected President Of South Africa

-Known as one of the most inspirational personality in the world, Nelson Mandela was the first black man to be elected as the president of South Africa. He held the office from 1994-1999.

First Black Lawyer In South Africa

– He studies law and become one of the first black lawyers in South Africa. He and his comrade Oliver Tambo started the first black-run law firm of South Africa providing legal counsel to black people against Apartheid-era laws.

Spear Of The Nation

-Mandela was elected as the leader of the youth wing of the African National Congress (ANC) liberation movement in 1950. He soon co-founded the “Spear of the Nation” in 1961 against the government for prohibiting ANC.

Fighting For The Rights

-Mandela was imprisoned from 1962 to 1990 for conspiring against the government but even with 27 years in prison he was still the symbol of fighting for the rights of the oppressed in South Africa.

Became The Nobel Laureate

-Mandela`s government focused on destroying the Apartheid government and he peacefully did so and introduced democracy in the country leading him to win a Nobel Prize in 1993, afterwards he won over 250 more awards.

Father Of Modern South Africa

-He came to be known as the father of Modern South Africa where he fought for the rights of the oppressed. After retirement from politics he started the Nelson Mandela Foundation for combating HIV/AIDS and constructing schools.

Nelson Mandela International Day

-Nelson Mandela received the honor of having July 18th as the Nelson Mandela International Day where the people are asked to help others for 67 minutes representing the 67 years of struggle Nelson Mandela faced.