Top 10 Nelson Mandela Life Facts

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We all know Nelson Mandela as the popular South African activist and former president who helped bring an end to apartheid. Mandela was indeed a true leader.  He was a man who dreamed the impossible dream. He once said, “It always seems impossible until it’s done.” Surely one of his finest quotes which has inspired over a gazillion people and would keep inspiring several more. Here are some of the facts from his 95 years of life.

1. Appreciation and Rewards

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Without any doubt, he was the people person who was worth every award.  He received more than 695 awards, including the 1993 Nobel Peace Prize. More than 25 schools, universities and educational institutions have been named after Nelson Mandela. At least 19 scholarships and foundations bear his name.  More than 95 sculptures, statues, or pieces of art have been made of him or dedicated to him in his love. Well, Mandela was indeed a figure which transformed the life of millions and gave them a life of dignity and rights.

2. Towards His End

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Mandela grew increasingly frail in his later years because of cancer and other health issues. Nelson Mandela died on December 5, 2013 from a recurring lung infection. A national mourning period of ten days was announced by then existing president Zuma.

3.  Supported People Suffering from AIDS

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Besides being an anti-apartheid revolutionist, this former South African president was known for reaching out to include all sectors of society. Even after finishing his presidency, he remained a devoted supporter for peace and social justice in his own country and around the world. He established a number of organizations. Besides, Mandela became a vocal advocate of AIDS awareness and treatment programs in a culture where the stigma has turned into an epidemic.

4. Journey of Becoming a President

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After attaining his freedom, Nelson Mandela led the ANC in its negotiations with the governing National Party and various other South African political organizations for an end to apartheid and the establishment of a multiracial government. In 1994, more than 22 million South Africans turned out to cast ballots in the country’s first multiracial parliamentary elections in history. An overwhelming majority chose the ANC to lead the country, Mandela was sworn in as the first black president of South Africa.

5. Mandela Year’s Behind Bars

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Something which is worth admiring, Nelson Mandela spent a very long period of his life in jail just to stand against the apartheid. He spent 18 of his 27 years in jail at the brutal Robben Island Prison, where he was confined to a small cell without a bed and compelled to do hard labor. As a black political prisoner, he received limited rations and fewer privileges than other inmates. They were even subjected to inhuman treatment. He could easily have been released from jail many years earlier because of his acquaintances but he refused the offer and stood with his beliefs.

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