Nelson Mandela essay

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Tuesday 19th May 2009


His full name is Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela. He was born in Transkei, South Africa on the 18th July 1918. His middle name ‘Rolihlahla’ means ‘to pull a branch of a tree’ or in a way that makes more sense’ troublemaker’. Rolihlahla was the first person in his family to go to school, it is at school that his teacher gave him the English name ‘Nelson’.

Mandelas Mother was Nosekeni Fanny. Nelson’s father was chief of the town of Mvezo which is a small village in the Umtata district, the family would later be moved to Qunu because his father position was taken from him. His father remained a member of the Inkosi’s Privy council.

Mandela’s father died of tuberculosis when Mandela was only nine years old. Mandela was informally adopted by Dalindyebo after his father’s death. His father had four wives and thirteen children.

Mandela went to a Wesleyan mission school. Following Thembu tradition, he was ‘initiated’ when he was sixteen years old. He went on to attend Clarkebury boarding institute. Nelson was set to inherit his fathers position as a Privy counsellor so he moved to Healdtown, the Wesleyan college in Fort Beaufort in 1937. At the age of nineteen, Nelson started to take an interest in running and boxing at this school.

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At his new school Nelson chose to study for a Bachelor of arts at the Dort Hare university, at this university he met Oliver Tambo. Nelson and Oliver were to be friends for life and also worked with each other. Nelson was asked to leave the school at some point and to not return unless he accepted election to SRC. So instead Mandela studied for a Bachelor of laws from the university of London external programme.

Soon after his departure from Forte Hare Jongitaba told Mandela and Justice that he had arranged marriages for them both. Neither of them were ...

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