Today the world mourns the loss of one of the greatest leaders to ever walk the surface of this earth. Nelson Rolihlahla Dalibhunga Mandela,a former and the first black South African President died at age 95 peacefully in his Johannesburg home after a long battle with several health issues which included a recurring lung infection.
Nelson Mandela is a man that child allover the world but mostly African get to know about as young as primary school. In History and Social Studies when you mention South Africa you cannot forget the greatest freedom fighter that was Nelson Mandela.
I can testify to having seen,heard or read about a number of children that mentioned Nelson Mandela as their role models. Someone they look up to for inspiration and hope to one day achieve selfless greatness like he did. His victory over apartheid was not for South Africa alone,it was for Africa and the World at large. It was freedom for every oppressed individual around the world.
Nelson Mandela was a hero to human beings of all races,ages and generations. He taught the world what it meant to be united. And as much as he is gone,his life needs to be celebrated. As we mourn his loss let’s forever be greatful that God gave the World Nelson Mandela and Nelson Mandela gave himself to the World through his selfless acts.
I did extensive search about Nelson Mandela and in brief…;
1918 Born Rolihlahla Dalibhunga Mandela on
July 18th in the Eastern Cape. His English name,Nelson was given to him by a teacher at his school
1943 Joins African National Congress (ANC) as
1944 Forms the Youth League of the ANC with
Oliver Tambo and Walter Sisulu
1952 Opens the first Black legal firm in South
Africa with fellow attorney Oliver Tambo
1956 Charged with high treason with 155 other
political activists. Treason Trial of 1956-61
follows and all were acquitted after a four-year trial
1958 Marries Nomzamo Winfreda Zanyiwe
Madikizela (his second marriage), a Social
Worker and the couple have two daughters,
Zenani and Zindziwa
1960 Sharpeville massacre in which police kill
69 peaceful protesters and the ANC is banned.
Mandela goes into hiding
1962 Captured and arrested twice, August 5th & October 25th Mandela is convicted of
incitement and leaving country without a
passport. He is sentenced to five years in prison but goes on the run
1964 Captured and charged with treason and
sabotage, Mandela and two of his co-accused
are found guilty and sentenced them to life
imprisonment rather than death. They are
transferred from Pretoria to Robben Island
where they are kept for 18 years
1968 His mother dies and his eldest son, Thembi
dies in a car accident. Mandela is forbidden
from attending either of the funerals
1990 February 11th, Nelson is freed from prison after 27 years. President F.W De Klerk lifts the ban on the ANC
1991 Becomes the President of the ANC
1992 Separates from Winnie Mandela
1993 Divorces Winnie Mandela and wins the
Nobel Peace Prize with F.W. de Klerk
1994 Free elections where Black South Africans are allowed to vote for the first time. Nelson Mandela runs for President and is overwhelmingly elected as the country’s first
Black president. Mandela appoints de Klerk as deputy president and forms as racially mixed Government of National Unity
1998 On his 80th birthday, Mandela marries
Graca Machel, the widow of late former
president of Mozambique
1999 Steps down as leader
2001 Mandela is diagnosed and treated for
2004 Retires from public life at the age of 85
Mandela is survived by his wife, Graca Machel, his daughter Makaziwe from his first marriage,and daughters Zindzi and Zenani from his marriage with Winnie Mandela, 17
grandchildren and 14 great-grandchildren.
Rest in Peace Nelson Mandela 1918 – 2013.
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