Friday, December 6, 2013

Our List of 25 Facts about Nelson Mandela

In Remembrance and honor of Nelson Mandela, we wanted to brush up on this Warrior King's record of Outstanding Humanitarian Efforts and Accomplishments, and also attempt to know him as a person outside of his magnanimous platform of GoodWill & Courage. So here are our 25 facts we have compiled of interest. Enjoy & SHARE the Knowledge!! Check it Out after the JUMP!

25 Interesting Facts about Nelson "Rolihlahla" Mandiba
  1.  His original name is Rolihlahla Mandela. His teacher Miss Mdingane gave him the English name “Nelson
  2.   Rolihlahla means “to pull a branch of a tree”, or more colloquially, “troublemaker”.
  3. The father of Nelson had four wives, with whom he fathered 13 children – 4 boys and 9 girls.
  4. His mother, Nosekeni Fanny, is the third wife of his father Gadla Henry Mphakanyiswa.
  5. Nelson Mandela is often known as Madiba, an honorary title adopted by elders of his clan, in his native in South Africa.
  6. He enrolled at the University College of Fort Hare for the Bachelor of Arts Degree where he was elected onto the Student’s Representative Council.
  7. Nelson was suspended from college for joining in a protest boycott. 
  8. In 1952 Mandela and Tambo had opened the first black legal firm in South Africa.
  9. Although he started and wanted to achieve independence through non-violence approach he moved to armed struggle as a last resort.
  10. He was imprisoned for 27 years and was released in 1990, 18 years of which were spent in the Robben Island – that eventually came to be so-called “Mandela University”.
  11. Mandela was offered his freedom in 1985 by President Botha but turned it down and released a statement saying “What freedom am I being offered while the organization of the people remains banned? Only free men can negotiate. A prisoner cannot enter into contracts.”
  12. It was President De Klerk who announced Mandela's release in February 1990. This historic event was broadcast live all over the world.
  13. Nelson was also the leader of Umkhonto we Sizwe (MK), the armed wing of the African National Congress or ANC.
  14. Mandela is one of the most awarded persons in history receiving more than 250 awards.
  15. The 1985 Oscar for the song “I Just Called to Say I Love You” by Stevie Wonder was dedicated to Nelson Mandela.
  16. Nelson Mandela has been married three times, has fathered six children, has twenty grandchildren, and a growing number of great-grandchildren.
  17. His first marriage was to Evelyn Ntoko Mase but the couple broke up in 1957 after 13 years.
  18. Mandela’s second marriage was to Winnie Madikizela, first black social worker of Johannesburg. They had two daughters. The union ended in a divorce in 1996.
  19. Mandela’s third marriage was to Graca Machel in 1998. He was 80 year-old when he married Graca.
  20. Since the 1940s, no matter how late he has worked the previous evening he’s up by 4:30 AM and by 5:00 AM he has begun his exercise routine that lasts at least an hour.
  21. Nelson has outlive his two oldest sons, Thembi died of car crash at age 25 while he was in prison and Mandela was not allowed to attend the funeral.
  22. Makgatho, his second son, died of AIDS at age 54 in 2005.
  23. Nelson Mandela’s two daughters to his first wife were both named Maki.
  24. Handel’s or Tchaikovsky’s music is Nelson Mandela’s favorites.
  25. The Cosby Show Cliff and Claire Huxtable’s grandchildren were named Nelson and Winnie in honor of Mandela and his ex-wife Winnie.                      

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