Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela, former president of South Africa from 1994-1999 was an anti-aparthied activist, revolutionary. He was born into the Madiba clan, Transkei, on July 18, 1918, to Nonqaphi Nosekeni and Nkosi Mphakanyiswa Gadla Mandela.
Mandela is widely admired for his anti-colonial and anti-apartheid efforts, for which he served 27 years in prison. He has received over 250 awards including the 1993 Nobel Peace Prize, the U.S. Presidential Medal of Freedom and the Soviet Order of Lenin. He also set up Nelson Mandela Children’s Fund in 1995 and established Nelson Mandela Foundation and The Mandela-Rhodes Foundation.
Former South African President Nelson Mandela has been admitted to hospital again. A government spokesman confirmed that the 94-year old former leader has been admitted with a recurrence of a lung infection.
He became actively involved in the anti-apartheid movement and joined the African National Congress in 1942. For 20 years, he directed a campaign of peaceful, non-violent defiance against the South African government and its racist policies.
Well wishers say they hope for his speedy recovery.
A new exhibition in New York chronicles Nelson Mandela’s easy charm and appeal through some rarely seen before photos taken by South African photojournalist Benny Gool, who covered Mandela’s public and private life for more than 30 years.
The exhibit includes photographs of Mandela taken with the Dalai Lama, Princess Diana and pop star Michael Jackson. But it is the photograph of Mandela with 13-year-old Willem Venter, taken in 1997, is Gool’s favorite.
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The Nelson Mandela Foundation, backed by UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, said that it wanted Mr. Mandela’s birthday celebration to be an inspiration to people to make the world a better place. The foundation has urged people to do 67 minutes of voluntary work on the day. This would represent the 67 years of devotion that Mandela gave to South Africa’s political struggle. The anti-apartheid icon is expected to spend the day with his family in his childhood village in the Eastern Cape. MORE