The Epic Life of Nelson Mandela In Photographs

Nelson Mandela has walked through this earth for 95 years and helped made it better!
posted on: Saturday, December 7, 2013

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Nelson Mandela is a face that is synonymous to the colorful continent of Africa. Since he was young, he championed political causes that would bring a better life to his fellow Africans and he virtually didn’t stop until his death. In memory of Nelson Mandela’s death, let’s us take a moment and view his epic life in photographs.

1. He was born on July 18, 1918 in Mvezo, a village in Umtatu.

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2. He was baptised as a Methodist. His teacher gave the name “Nelson.”


3. His father died when he was just nine years old and he felt detached thereafter. He admitted to have inherited his father’s audacity and steadfast sense of fairness.


4. He was circumcised at age 16 and was given the name “Dalibunga.”

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5. Mandela spent his spare time at school doing boxing and long-distance running.


6. Mandela first married Evelyn Mase on October 5, 1944.


7. After he was divorced with his first wife, he married Winnie Madikizela, a social worker.

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8. He and the other people who are part of African National Congress (ANC) Executive was arrested on December 5, 1956 for high treason but was proven not guilty 6 years after.


9. He became known as the “Black Pimpernel,” a name given to him by the press.


10. He went to London in 1962 and met prominent politicians, reporters and activists. He went back to Ethiopia.


11. He was arrested by the police on August 5, 1962 alongside Cecil Williams. This monument was built in 1996 to commemorate his arrest.

12. He was charged guilty and was jailed in Pretoria then transferred to Robben Island. He stayed there for 18 years and worked in a quarry!


13. He was transferred to Pollmoor Prison (Tokai, Cape Town) in April 1982.

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14. On his 70th birthday, Nelson Mandela 70th Birthday Tribute was celebrated at the Wembley Stadium in London.

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15. He contracted tuberculosis in prison and he was transferred yet again to Victor Verster Prison.

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16. He was released in prison on February 11, 1990. Dick Cheney was one of those who voted to free him, even though majority of the US politicians considered ANC as a terrorist organization.


17. After being imprisoned, he continued to promote his cause and even won the seat of presidency of South Africa in 1994 to 1999.


18. He married the third time with Graca Machel on his 80th birthday.


19. He didn’t plan for a long life in politics. He gave a farewell speech on March 29, 1999 and later retired.

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20. In June 2004, he announce that he was “retiring from retiring.”

21. On July 18th 2008, he turned 90.


22. Mandela championed South Africa’s bid to host the 2010 FIFA World Cup.


23. On July 18, 2012, he celebrated his birthday in his house at Qunu, South Africa.


24. Due to a recurring lung infection, Nelson Mandela died on December 5, 2013 and left the world a legacy that can never be forgotten.

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