Remembering Nelson Mandela: The man with royal blood who was ‘prepared to die’ to abolish race discrimination

first_imgThe 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 sectionadvertisementlast_img read more