Nelson Mandela: The Transition of the Leader of A Nation

It’s a Friday for Remembrance as many in the US and around the world hear of the passing of an ordinary man who did extraordinary things for his country and for the Nation- Nelson Mandela. This post is in honor of Nelson. The statistics of his existence are taken from his biography.


Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela was a South African anti-apartheid revolutionary and politician who served as President of South Africa from 1994 to 1999. He was the first black South African to hold the office.

Born: July 18, 1918, Umtata, South Africa
Died: December 5, 2013, Johannesburg, South Africa
Cause of Death: Lung infection
Nationality: South African
Height: 6′ 0″ (1.83m)
Spouse: Graça Machel (m. 1998-2013), Winnie Madikizela-Mandela (m. 1958-1996), Evelyn Mase (m. 1944-1958)
Parents: Gadla Henry Mphakanyiswa, Nosekeni Fanny
Children: Makaziwe Mandela, Zenani Mandela, Madiba Thembekile Mandela, Makaziwe Mandela, Makgatho Mandela,
Zindziswa Mandela

In His Own Words:

‘Like slavery and apartheid, poverty is not natural. It is man-made and it can be overcome and eradicated by the actions of human beings.’

‘Sometimes, it falls upon a generation to be great. You can be that great generation. Let your greatness blossom.’


3 thoughts on “Nelson Mandela: The Transition of the Leader of A Nation”

  1. You’re right Audrey. A great man who remained humbled and forgiving even after being locked up for 27 years just because he wanted better for his people and for his country in the face of a compassion less and dangerous Apartheid rule.


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