In Memory Of
Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela
July 18th 1918 - December 5th 2013
Born July 18, 1918 in a small village located in Transkei was a well known South African politician Nelson Mandela. At a very young age nelson Mandela and his 9 brothers and sisters sadly lost their Fathesekeni Fanny Mandela. During Nelson's time as a ward at the Great Place in Mqhekezweni Nelson heard stories of his ancestors during the wars of resistance. At that time he dreamed of making his own contribution to the freedom struggle of his people.
He Attended a primary school in Qunu, where his teacher Miss. Mdingane gave him the name Nelson. Mandela then began studies for a Bachelor of Arts Degree at the University College of Fort Hare. Unfortunately he didn't complete the degree because he was expelled for joining a student protest. Year's later in 1944, Mandela married nurse, Evelyn Mase who then had two sons, and two daughters that died caused by infancy.
Secretly leaving South Africa, Nelson Mandela was then arrested during a police roadblock. He was then sentenced to five years in jail for leaving the country illegally. While he was serving Nelson Mandela's mother and eldest son sadly passed away, unfortunately he wasn't allowed to attend their funerals. On 11th June 1964 Nelson Mandela was sentenced to life in prison.
Sunday 11 February 1990 Nelson was released from the prison. In 1991 Nelson Mandela was elected president, and was then a South African who was sentenced to life to Nelson Mandela who was elected for president. In 1999 after one term of being president Nelson Mandela stepped down from his role as president.
A couple of years later unfortunate news had come to the family that Mandela was diagnosed with prostate cancer. July 18, 2012 Mandela celebrated his 94th birthday with his family in Qunu. Throughout 2012- 2013 Mandela was in and out of hospital beds. Sadly for Mandela he spent his 95th birthday in hospital. September 1st 2013 Mandela was discharged from hospital, unfortunately on December 5th Nelson Mandela sadly passed away.
What I've learnt from Nelson Mandela is to not care what other people think and always stand up for what you think is right. All I know is that Nelson Mandela stood up for what he thought was right and changed everything. He a man everyone will never forget not for just changing equality but for being a loving,caring, big hearted, strong man.