A Brief Biography of Nelson Mandela

693 WordsFeb 21, 20183 Pages
Bold, heroic, strong, courageous. These are just a few words to describe one of our world’s most iconic people, Nelson Mandela. He fought for freedom and against racial discrimination in his country of South Africa. Not only did Nelson Mandela change the world, he also inspired people to change the world too. He was just an average boy living in a small town in South Africa who became one of the world’s most iconic figures. Through challenges and hard times, he got through and today, Nelson Mandela’s story inspires people around the world to do something that can make a difference. Rolihlahla Mandela was born in Mvezo, Transkei, on July 18, 1918, to Nonqaphi Nosekeni and Nkosi Mphakanyiswa Gadla Mandela. He spend his days playing with friends and herding cattle in his small village. When he started elementary school, his white missionary teacher gave him an English name of Nelson. Nelson Mandela was the first from his father's family to receive proper schooling. After the death of his father in 1927 , Mandela was placed under the custody of his father’s cousin, Jongintaba Dalindyebo and was sent to Healdtown Methodist Boarding School, where he studied history, English, and geography. Young Nelson Mandela was an intelligent boy born into royalty. Nelson understood the meaning of equality and he had the opportunity to become well educated, so he took it. Nelson Mandela began his studies for a Bachelor of Arts degree at the University College of Fort Hare but did not
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