Nelson Mandela was a tireless campaigner for equality and justice who spent 27 years in prison for his beliefs. In he became the first president of South Africa to be elected by all the people , black as well as white. He worked to take apart the old racist system of government and to make South Africa a fair society for all its citizens. He was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize and other awards for his bravery and courage. His father, a chief of the Thembo people, died when Mandela was 12 and he was adopted by the acting king of the Thembo people. He was the first of his family to attend school.
Jump to navigation. Nelson Mandela was born on 18th July in South Africa. He had thirteen siblings by the same father, but different mothers. His father died when he was 9 and he was the first member of his family who was sent to school. In he was expelled from university because he led a group of students on a political strike.
Nelson Mandela was born at Qunu, near Umtata on 18 July When his father died, Mandela and was groomed for becoming chief of his local tribe. However Mandela would never be able to make this commitment. Whilst at university Nelson Mandela became increasingly aware of the unjust nature of South African Society.
He was the country's first black head of state and the first elected in a fully representative democratic election. His government focused on dismantling the legacy of apartheid by tackling institutionalised racism and fostering racial reconciliation. Ideologically an African nationalist and socialist , he served as the president of the African National Congress ANC party from to