Remembering Nelson Mandela

by Natilse Lourenco and Elim Oluwole

Nelson Mandela (Madiba) was born on the 18th of July 1918, in Mvezo, Cape Province, South Africa. Nelson Mandela was raised by illiterate parents and his father (Nkosi Mandela), who died when Nelson was only nine years old, participated in polygamy. Nelson was then raised by Nosekeni Fanny, who was the third wife of his father. Nelson also had twelve other siblings.

In 1944, Mandela married Evelyn Mase and they had four kids together, but the firstborn, a girl, died at nine months old. Mandela and his wife divorced after 13 years of marriage because of an inside issue, but they acted like they were still together. He got married again to Winnie Mandela, but he later divorced Winnie and he remarried two years later, to Graca Machel on his 80th birthday. Mandela had three children, seventeen grandchildren and twelve great-grandchildren.

Nelson Mandela was a falsely accused for an unknown wrong and confined to prison for twenty seven years in the Johannesburg Prison in South Africa. He was then released from prison during a presidential election, which he won with ninety five percent of the votes.

He served as the president of South Africa from 1994 to 1999. He was the most influential leader that South Africa has ever experienced. His major goals in all the chaos were to demolish the racial barrier and extinguish the flame of racism that caused the dismissal of blacks among whites.

Mandela devoted sixty seven years of his life to the service of humanity as a human rights lawyer and prisoner of conscience. Because of his kind heart and his willingness to do good for the world, a day was made to celebrate him called The International Day of Nelson Mandela, which is celebrated on his birthday.

Turning eighty five in 2004, he decided to retire. The following year, his son died from AIDS; he was only fifty years old. Even with this loss, the Mandela name is still proudly carried on by his family and close relatives.

Sadly, Mandela had been sick ever since March 2013 and on December 5, 2013 he passed away. The world is still in shock because he was a great example to everyone. Even though he had been through so much in life, he didn’t let that affect him or his beliefs. He stood strong and helped the people in need throughout the country and even the world. Many people respected him because of this as well as his views and what he did for South Africa.

Mandela lived his life as a good example of a father, a teacher, and a husband. The world will truly miss a great icon such as he and he definetely will not be forgotten.

So, rest in the Peace, MADIBA, and thank you for everything you did for Africa. We love you.

In our opinion, these are some of the best quotes from Nelson Mandela:

1 – “Do not judge me by my successes; judge me by how many times I fell down and got back up again.”

2- “No one is born hating another person because of the color of his skin, or his background, or his religion. People must learn to hate, and if they can learn to hate, they can be taught to love, for love comes more naturally to the human heart than its opposite.”

3-“Man’s goodness is a flame that can be hidden but never explained.”

4-“Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world.”

5-“A good head and good heart are always a formidable combination. But when you add to that a literate tongue or pen, then you have something very special.”

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