Great Interesting Facts About Nelson Mandela

By Alex D White

Mandela is one of the most famous African presidents who is known to have taken the shortest term in the presidential seat. He is also known to be one of those many Africa presidents who spent most of their life in detention. Below are some great and interesting facts you may need to know about Nelson Mandela.

During his lifetime, Mandela has been awarded with hundreds of honors and awards. Mandela was also an honorary member of Manchester United, Honorary citizen of Canada and honorary member of British Labour Party. Mandela is also known to have had a variety of places named after him among them being a prehistoric woodpecker (the Aistralopicus nelsonmandelai), a nuclear particle (the Mandela particle) and an orchid (Paravanda Nelson Mandela).

Mandela was kicked out of school when he was studying in Fort Hare University when he tried to participate in a protest. Nevertheless, few years later Mandela joined Unisa University where he completed his degree. Mandela as well took his law degree in Wits University later in his life.

Mandela is known to have been housed in a cell size of 2M by 2.5M when he was in prison. The room is known to contain only a bedroll on the floor and a bucket for sanitation. During his term in prison, he was consigned to very difficult jobs in the lime quarries. Mandela was also only allowed to receive letters and visitors after every six months.

Despite the fact that the apartheid government suggested to discharge Mandela for around six occasions when serving his jail term, he at all times opposed their offer. He always declined their offers by mentioning that even though he loved his freedom he favored their freedom more. This was meant to mean that there was no need for him to be freed when ANC was still banned since it stood for his Nation.

His birthday is the only date ever, which UN devoted like a celebration date. The UN declared his birthday that is on 18 to be celebrated globally. Actually, he is the only person whose birthday has ever been declared as a holiday by the UN.

Other amazing facts about Mandela explain of his escape when he was being searched when he tried to fight for independence. For example, Mandela pretended himself to be a security guard in a mine, a chef boy and a chauffeur. Mandela also tried to change his name to David Motsamayi when he was trying to leave South Africa to other parts of Africa and England.

During his life, Mandela has had funny and quite interesting facts some which have been mentioned above. Each of these facts explains the life of Mandela during and after he became the first president of South Africa. Besides these facts, Mandela has gained lots of popularity due to his hard work and efforts to change South Africa from what it was to a new state where apartheid is no more.

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