How Mandela Was Born Into The Madiba Clan

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Rolihlahla Mandela was born into the Madiba Clan on July 18th 1918 in the village of Mvezo, Treanskei. His mother was Nonqaphi Nosekeni and his father was Nkosi Mphakanyiswa Gadla Mandela, principal counsellor to the Acting King of the Thembu people, Jongintaba Dalindyebo. Mandela was 12 years old, when his father died in 1930 and he became a ward of Jongintaba at the Great Place in Mqhekezweni 1 . While living here in Mqhekezweni, he will listen to the elders’ stories about his ancestors’ valour during the wars of resistance, he dreamed also of making his own contribution to the freedom struggle of his people. Mandela attended primary school in Qunu where his teacher Miss Mdingane gave him the name Nelson, due to the fact that custom mandates all school children be given “Christian” names. He went on to complete his Junior Certificate (elementary school)at Clarkebury Boarding Institute and went on to Healdtown, a Wesleyan secondary school and graduated. While studying for a Bachelor of Arts degree at the University College of Fort Hare, he got expelled for joining in a student protest. Upon his returned to the Great Place at Mqhekezweni, the King was furious about his expulsion from college and demanded he he returns or he would arrange wives for him and his cousin Justice who was also expelled from the college? Instead they ran away to Johannesburg where they worked as a mine security officers. A two-year diploma in law on top of his BA allowed Nelson

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