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Struggling Life: Nelson Mandela

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“I have fought against white domination, and I have fought against black domination.

I have cherished the ideal of a democratic and free society in which all persons live together in harmony and with equal opportunities. It is an ideal which I hope to live for and to achieve. But if needs be, it is an ideal for which I am prepared to die.”

These unforgettable words were from one of the most powerful men of the globe, Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela. He spoke these words when he was sent to the notorious Robben Island Prison. Formerly the President of South Africa, Nelson Mandela was born in a small village Mvezo, a distinct of Umtata.

After completing schooling, he then entered at the university college of Fort Hare for Bachelor of Arts Degree. He was elected as President of The Stud ent’s Representative Council.

For joining the protest he was suspended from college. After suspension he commenced his studies for his LLB. He debuted politics by joining the African National Congress in 1942.

Nelson Mandela was the leader for anti-apartheid activists. Mandela’s non-violence and peaceful attitude was influenced by Mahatma Gandhi. Nelson Mandela has dedicated himself to the struggle of the African people for entire life.

He has not only fought against white domination but also against black domination. He thinks every person should get equal opportunity and freedom.

In counter to the apartheid activity, they bombed near the apartheid place such that there would be no killing and injury to the people. In 1962 Mandela was arrested and imprisoned in the Johannesburg Fort. He was imprisoned on Robben Island for the next eighteen of his twenty-seven years in prison.

In 1982 Mandela was transferred from Robben Island to Pollsmoor Prison. On 11 February in 1990, Mandela was released from prison. And State President released ban on ANC and other anti-apartheid organizations.

The ANC won 62% of the votes in the election on 10 May 1994. The ANC was leaded by Nelson Mandela, selected as the country’s first black president.

Nelson Mandela won Nobel Prize for peace in 1993. Mandela retired after completion of first term as President and decided not to stand in the race of President again.

By FW Editor


Tags: politics, president, africa



Category: Celebrities  - ( Celebrities Archive)

Date Added: 12 April '10


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