Courageous, inspiring, outstanding, perseverant
Father of six
Brave, fights for equality
Determination, goodwill, pleased
Jail, apartheid, discrimination
Fought against apartheid
Equal rights and peace
Born in Qunu and lived in Johannesburg (South Africa)
Nelson Mandela's Life:
Born on July 18, 1918, at the village of Qunu (the Transkei territory), South Africa, Rolihlahla (Nelson Mandela), was the son of a chief counselor and the nephew of the tribe leader. Rolihlahla and his father helped care for the cattle and sheep. When he had time he also assisted his father with plowing the fields.
Mandela was a very successful person, he continued to fight for what was right, even though he was sent to jail countless times. Nelson Mandela was influenced by the elders in his tribe, who told the young Mandela stories about the white men invading South Africa. Mandela knew that white men having control of South Africa was wrong. When Mandela grew older, he was interested in politics. Later on, Mandela moved to Johannesburg to avoid his arranged marriage.
Walter Sisulu (on left) and Nelson Mandela (on right).
Afterwards, Mandela befriended Walter Sisulu and received advice from him. Mandela then moved into the house of the Sisulu family. One day, when Walter Sisulu's families came for dinner, Sisulu's cousin, Evelyn Ntoko Mase, was one of the guests. Evelyn was a nurse who came to Johannesburg around the same time Mandela did. Evelyn and Mandela had many common interests. The following month, Mandela proposed to her, and they were married in 1944.
In the following years, Nelson and Evelyn had their first son named Makgatho Mandela, followed by three more daughters.
In the same year that Nelson Mandela was married, he joined the ANC (African National Congress). He became a member of the ANC because of his interest in politics and another reason was that he wanted South Africa to be free from any kind of racism or any kind of separation. After a while, Mandela was elected as the president of the Youth League in 1951.
Accomplishments of Mandela:
Nelson Mandela disagreed with the idea of apartheid in his country. Apartheid is a policy of segregation in South Africa. So, he stood up for what was right and organized protests against it. Later on, after all his hard work and devotion, Mandela became the first black president of South Africa. He was also awarded the Nobel Peace prize for his commitment in opposing this idea. Furthermore, Nelson Mandela was awarded numerous times.