Friday, December 6, 2013


 1.Rolihlahla'is Mandela's tribal name and translates directly as 'Troublemaker'.
2.He was given the name Nelson by a school teacher. He is also sometimes called Madiba, his traditional clan name.
3.During his years of hiding, to evade arrest, Mandela adopted different forms of disguises that earned him the title of the 'Black Pimpernel'.
4.Nelson Mandela’s first job was as a security guard at a mine.
5.In 1941, at 23, he ran away from an arranged marriage!
6.When Mandela went free after 27 years, he walked hand-in-hand with his wife Winnie out of a prison on the South African mainland, and raised his right fist in triumph. In his autobiography, "Long Walk to Freedom," he would write: "As I finally walked through those gates ... I felt — even at the age of seventy-one — that my life was beginning anew."
7.His favourite food is the meat of a freshly slaughtered sheep, watered down with a bowl of Amarhewu. Amarhewu is a traditional fermented mielie meal drink with a texture somewhere between beer and porridge and a sour taste.
8.Nelson Mandela International Day (or Mandela Day) is an annual international day in honour of Nelson Mandela, celebrated each 18 July

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