Birth Place: Mvezo, Cape Province, , ZA
Death Place: Johannesburg, Gauteng, ZA
One of the most venerated figures of the 20th century, Nelson Mandela was central to the end of South Africa's system of racial segregation commonly known as apartheid and became the country's first fully democratically-elected president. For his efforts to abolish apartheid, Mandela was awarded one of the highest international awards, the Nobel Peace Prize.
Nelson Mandela was born Rolihlahla Mandela on July 18, 1918 in Mvezo, Cape Providence. Although his mother was illiterate, she was also a devout Christian and sent the young Mandela to a local Methodist school, where he was given the first name "Nelson" by his teacher. Smart but also rebellious, Mandela studied at the elite Univ... Continue Bio >>
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