Nelson Mandela is not a new name to many people. The 1st black South African president was known for his resilience in fighting the apartheid rule. Mandela was an icon in the whole of Africa since he also championed for the liberation of other African countries. Unlike other African rulers, he was not obsessed with power. He only served his one term and was done with politics. Below are some fact you must have missed out about this African icon.
5. MANDELA RAN AWAY FROM HOME
In 1939, 21 year old Mandela ran away from home for Johannesburg. Mandela’s uncle had arranged for him and his cousin (Justice) wives to marry. Therefore Mandela sought out to run Johannesburg where he finally finished his degree and did his law degree at the university of Witwatersrand.
4. HE DISGUISED HIS IDENTITY
On January 11 1962, Nelson adopted the name David Motsamayi and left South Africa secretly. He went to England to seek for help for an armed struggled. In addition, he got militarily training in Ethiopia and Morocco before going back home in July 1962. After briefing Albert Luthuli on his trips, Mandela was arrested the in August and charged with leaving the country without a permit as well as inciting strikes among workers.
3. HE FACED A LOT OF TRAGEDY WHILE IN PRISON
1969, when Mandela was imprisoned in Robben Island, lost his first born son with 1st wife, Evelyn Ntoko Mase. Madiba Thembekile had been involved in a car accident thus claiming his life. The previous year as well, he was barred from attending his mother’s burial.
2. MANDELA BEGAN 3 HIV/AIDS FOUNDATIONS IN REMEMBERANCE OF HIS SON
Mandela’s remaining son, Makgatho Lewanika Mandela, died in 2005 after HIV/AIDS complications. Instead of the Nobel Price Laurette concealing the reason behind his death, he made it clear. This was a way to help destigmatize the epidemic. Thus, this led him to start 3 foundations in remembrance of him. They are :
1. The Nelson Mandela Children’s Fund for families affected.
2. The Nelson Mandela Foundation Funds to fund ARV’s
3. 4664 to give out donations.
1. NELSON MANDELA MARRIED A FORMER FIRST LADY
Graca Machel was the 2nd wife of Samora Machel. Samora was Mozambique’s First preisdent. He died in a suspicious plane crash in 1986. Later on, Graca moved on and married 80 year old Mandela at only 47 years of age. This was a 33 year age difference between the two. Graca became Mandela’s 3rd wife on his 80th birthday.
Did you know that after Mandela divorced Winnie, His daughter Zindzi became the care taker first lady before he remarried in 1998.