A Brief Biography of Nelson Mandela

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Nelson Mandela Born on July 18, 1918, in Mvezo, a village in the Transkei, Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela became a prominent figure in global politics until recent times. Nelson was born on July 18 under the name Rolihlahla Mandela, to parents Nonqaphi Nosekeni and Nkosi Mphakanyiswa Gadla Mandela. He began to attend school at the age of seven in Qunu. While here he was given the name Nelson by a teacher, and name that stuck with him forever. His father was royalty, and was the principal chancellor to the Acting King of the Thembu people. When his father past away in 1930, while Nelson was twelve, it left Nelson to take his fathers position. He would continue to attend school, earning a bachelors degree from the University of South Africa in 1942. In 1944 he married for the first time to Evelyn Ntoko Mase and together they had four children: Thembekile, Makaziwe (who died in infancy), Makgatho, and Makaziwe. In the same year he helped form the African National Congress Youth League. Four years later he was elected secretary of the group, and three years after that, president. After Mahatma Gandhi, perhaps no other leader has influenced the global politics as Nelson Mandela did, in the twentieth century. Even though Mandela has fought for the well-being of the African people, his vision, mission, and charisma have contributed heavily to the entire world. His fight against racism and discrimination has rejuvenated the oppressed people all over the world. Nelson Mandela
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