The man behind the abolition of race discrimination and apartheid in Africa, Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela passed away on December 5 in 2013. The anti-apartheid revolutionary served as President of South Africa from 1994 to 1999.Mandela is one of the most admired personalities ever to be born. He inspired generations and inculcated the sense of goodwill and peace among all.On his third death anniversary, we bring to you 15 interesting facts about Nelson Mandela:In 2009, United Nations declared July 18 as Nelson Mandela International Day or Mandela DayNelson Mandela was born in a royal family. Mandela’s great-grandfather was a ruler of South Africa’s Eastern Cape Province while his father was a counsellor and a local chief of the monarchsNelson Mandela was the first member of his family who attended school. He was named Nelson by his teacher in school as each student was required to have an English name.In college, Nelson Mandela was an all-rounder. He played sports, performed in drama society, took up ballroom dancing and gave Bible lessons in a local communityIn 1953, Mandela along with his friend Oliver Tambo, opened his own law firm, which happened to be the first and only African-law firm in the countryMandela was known as the master of disguise. He usually disguised himself as a chauffeur and he travelled incognito, holding meetings and attending strikesIn 1962, Nelson Mandela was arrested. He was charged with instigating strikes of workers and for leaving the country without permissionMandela was sentenced to life in prison where he stayed for 27 years. He gave a three-hour speech, which is popularly referred to as the ‘I am prepared to Die’ speech, in a courtroom during his trial. It is considered one of the most inspirational speeches of all timeAfter his release, Nelson Mandela along with his supporters, increased pressure on the South African white minority government and even addressed the international communitiesIn 1994, Nelson Mandela became the first black President of South Africa. He became the first President who was elected by a democratic system and served from 1994 to 1999Nelson Mandela was a philanthropist who focused on doing social charity work in battling poverty and HIV/AIDSNelson Mandela was a controversial figure. He was addressed as a terrorist and communist by many, and was even denounced due to his friendship with leaders like Muammar Gaddafi, Fidel Castro etcNelson Mandela received over 260 awards and one of them was Nobel Peace Prize, in the year 1993Nelson Mandela has been given tribute in both films and music. Artists like Elvis Costello, Stevie Wonder, Youssou N’Dour paid tribute to him through their music. Actors like Morgan Freeman, Terrence Howard and Idris Elba have portrayed him in many filmsBoth India and Pakistan awarded Nelson Mandela with their prestigious awards in the year 1990 and 1992, respectively. In 1990, India gave Mandela the Bharat Ratna Award and in the year 1992, Pakistan gave him Nishan-e-Pakistan Award.Interested in General Knowledge and Current Affairs? Click here to stay informed and know what is happening around the world with our G.K. and Current Affairs sectionadvertisement
OTTAWA – Longtime MP Tony Clement has resigned from the Conservative shadow cabinet after he shared explicit sexual images and a video of himself electronically.Clement says the images were sent in the last three weeks and he believed they were going to a “consenting female.”However he now says the person was trying to extort him and he has asked the RCMP to investigate.“I recognize now that I have gone down a wrong path and have exercised very poor judgment,” Clement said in a statement Tuesday.Conservative Party Leader Andrew Scheer said he has appointed Lisa Raitt to take over for Clement as the justice critic for now.“While I’m greatly disappointed with Mr. Clement’s actions, I am encouraged that he has decided to seek help and I wish him all the best in doing so,” Scheer said.The RCMP confirmed it had received information from Clement and was currently investigating the matter, but did not comment further.Clement is resigning his committee roles as well, but will stay in the Conservative caucus.Clement, 57, has been one of the pillars of the Conservative caucus for more than a decade, and before that was a senior member of the provincial party in Ontario.He was a cabinet minister for the entirety of Stephen Harper’s near-decade long tenure as prime minister, and was a cabinet minister at the provincial level before that.He says he is sorry to his family, his party and his constituents for his behaviour.“I am committed to seeking the help and treatment I need in my personal life to make sure this will not happen again while also continuing to discharge my duties as a Member of Parliament,” he wrote.Clement was twice a candidate for the federal party leadership and also ran for the provincial Tory leadership in Ontario once. He dropped out of the most recent leadership contest early on and endorsed Maxime Bernier.Clement is one of the most recognizable MPs as well as one of the heaviest users of social media. He is a frequent poster on Twitter. It has occasionally landed him in trouble before, including when he had to apologize after cursing at a 15-year-old on the platform.He is married to lawyer and author Lynne Golding.