20 Struggling Facts about Nelson Mandela “Father of a Nation”
Nelson Mandela was one of the world’s greatest leaders, world’s most famous political prisoner, father of the nation or Madiba according to his clan. He was one of the most popular statesmen of his time and the man who became a symbol for justice and freedom. we’ll go over all the good bad and the controversial to learn more about his fantastic life. Mandela was born in 1918 in a small South African village he later started school and went on to become a lawyer as a student. He became more politically involved and an active campaigner for the rights of black South Africans and for the dismantling of apartheid. Apartheid was based on white supremacy and racial segregation and lasted for about three decades.
01 Nelson Mandela was born into royalty
Few people know that Mandela was born into South African royalty. His father God LA was chief of may way so a small village in the Eastern Cape. He is a descendant of Tambu origin whose name Mandela is derived from the clan name of Madiba. That is to say he inherited minor royal claim through his mother and could have become a royal advisor as was the custom for lesser royalty back. Then he later gave up his royal privilege to study and become a lawyer probably knowing all too well that his skills would be more useful to the entire community in the future .
02 Nelson Mandela was one of the first black lawyers in South Africa
Nelson Mandela studied law in the 1940s at the University of whitewater strand. He was the only black student and had to face racism as a result from his peers. However he also made many friends at the time and became very interested in politics and minority rights in South Africa. By 1946 he was only earning between two and eight dollars a month to live on as an article clerk making life pretty tough for him. However he persisted and became one of the first black lawyers in the country and then in the early 50s became a leader of the African National Congress whose purpose was to end racial segregation and discrimination.
03 He was given the English name Nelson by a teacher
Nelson Mandela was the first person to attend school and his family .His parents were actually illiterate as a young student he recalled receiving a very British education and traditional names were not regarded well. He later became a Methodist and after the custom at the time his teacher gave him the name Nelson. However he didn’t know why she chose that particular name. His actually named Rowley haha means troublemaker which probably suited him more than Nelson.
04 He was the first black president of the South African democratic election
Nelson Mandela was not just the first black president of South Africa he also broke all barriers to becoming one by becoming the image of resilience around the world. His election in 1994 also meant the first-ever democratic election was held in the country. His party won with a staggering 63 percent of the vote with the slogan a better life for all. It also meant that after years of suffering he was finally given the status he deserved as President. Mandela made nine hundred ninety seven thousand South African Rand a year or 69 thousand five hundred and forty seven dollars adjusted for inflation which at the time was a very high amount by comparison Clinton made $200,000 to be US president.
05 Mandela had a net worth of four point one four million dollars
Nelson Mandela’s fortune remained somewhat of a mystery to the public since he was a revered icon of anti apartheid. The question of his net worth was a taboo subject for most people. He was also known to mostly use his influence to raise money for his party and the charities that he was involved in the mystery was finally solved after his death as the executor of his will made the information public. It turns out Mandela had actually been worth four point one four million dollars a very high amount for someone who has virtually no income. He also made sure to set up trust funds for his 30 children and grandchildren his third wife graça Michael inherited half of his estate.
06 Nelson Mandela spent 27 years in prison for opposing apartheid
One of the reasons that Mandela’s 4.14 million dollar net worth was a surprise was due to the fact that he spent quite a bit of his life in prison 27 years to be exact after joining the African National Congress. In 1944 he quickly ascended as leader usually organizing nonviolent mass resistance campaigns but it wasn’t until 1964 he was accused of sabotage for defying the apartheid laws and sentenced to life in prison. There he suffered countless deprivation and of course was away from his wife Winnie and his six children. This continued until the year 1990 when he was finally released after a campaign to free him was started ten years earlier in 1980 the South African economy had lost a staggering ten billion dollars because of the sanctions.
07 South African officials misused 22 million dollars of the money intended for his funeral
It seems that controversy stayed with Mandela even after his death. Of course he did have a funeral fit for one of the most important Statesmen of all times. The service was one of the largest gatherings of world leaders 91 to be exact and no expenses were spared the trip of Prince Charles of the UK cost around three hundred and twenty five thousand dollars. Bill Clinton and George W Bush were also present a scandal later exploded when it was revealed that around 22 million dollars associated with the funeral were misspent or rather government officials pocketed the money themselves.
08 His wife Winnie was involved in fraud theft and cheated on him
Mandela had a very complicated private life. He had three wives was very passionate and sometimes had violent relationships with them. His second wife Winnie was the most notorious of all. She was an activist herself and worked for the African National Congress until she was kicked out. She used her position in the Social Welfare Department of the party to steal funds moreover. She was even accused of murder and endorsing necklacing which is literally burning people alive. When he also cheated on Mandela with a man half her age and even admitted to giving her young lover almost $40,000. It seems that Mandela refused to talk to her because of the cheating for about five months and their divorce was finalized in 1996.
09 The Invictus movie made 122 million dollars
Mandela’s life makes for one hell of a movie plot and that’s exactly what Clint Eastwood thought in 2009 when he directed Invictus starring Morgan Freeman and Matt Damon. the movie is based around the events that took place during the 1995 Rugby World Cup as Mandela was a few years into his presidential term needless to say. Invictus was a huge success worldwide considering it was also a sports drama film. It made 122 million dollars at the box office furthermore Morgan Freeman and Matt Damon each earned an Academy Award nomination for their roles.
10 a former Mandela residence is now a luxury retreat
After retiring from politics in 1999 Mandela received a well deserved gift the Nelson Mandela Center for reconciliation back then. It was the perfect spot to rest and entertain his fellow dignitaries close to Johannes berg and located on the shambhala private game reserve. The place is now a luxury retreat that anyone can enjoy especially if you’re an admirer of Mandela. The place is dedicated to his life and work featuring lavish lounges and dining areas with private chefs and a butler service you can also take Bush walks and lounge around the swimming pool all of this for around five thousand dollars per night.
11 There are hundreds of streets and places named after Mandela
it only makes sense that South Africa has many streets and places named after Mandela in fact there’s a really big chance you’ve at one point or another being on Nelson Mandela Street. Even if you’ve never been in South Africa in your life there are around 98 places named after him, in Europe 85 in Africa and 22 in North America. For example there’s the Mandela garden in Leeds UK and a Mandela Park in Horn Netherlands there’s also an Avenue named after him in Paris France and the boulevard in Venezuela you can also enjoy a cup of coffee at Cafe Mandela in Copenhagen Denmark.
12 the most recent Nelson Mandela statue cost 1.8 million dollars
Statues dedicated to Mandela seemed to spring up everywhere from Cape Town to London. However probably the most expensive one is located at the United Nations headquarters in New York and was unveiled at the commemoration of Mandela’s 100th birthday. However the statue was ridiculed for not looking at all like the former president people took to Twitter to express their indignation saying that the statues face resembled Robert De Niro’s . South Africa native Trevor Noah criticized the statue himself saying that Mandela with his arms stretched out looked like he was surrendering to the American police another statue of him in South Africa drew criticism as well for costing taxpayers nearly six hundred thousand dollars.
13 Mandela shared his Nobel Prize with his predecessor
it’s common knowledge that Nelson Mandela won the Nobel Peace Prize for a peaceful termination to the apartheid regime and his work for a democratic South Africa. But the world’s most famous political prisoner actually shared his prize with Fredrik Vilhelm de Klerk who is the president of the country before Mandela got elected. de Klerk dubbed the last white president of South Africa worked closely with Mandela on his cause and was involved in restoring peace in the country and improving racial relations. They won eight hundred and twenty-five thousand dollars together which considering that it was the early 90s was quite a lot of money however Mandela declared that his party leadership would decide how to use his part of the cash.
14 Mandela was good friends with a former dictator of Libya
If there’s any doubt that Mandela had a huge influence look no further than the impact he had on others including his fellow American leaders. It’s also true that Mandela’s relationships with dictators such as Fidel Castro and Moammar Ghadafi really got on the Western world’s nerves. Gaddafi at the time of his death in 2011 was rumored to have a net worth of 200 billion dollars. Mandela considered Gaddafi a friend and even visited him in Libya back in 1997 declaring that quote those that yesterday were friends of our enemies have the gall today to tell me not to visit my brother Gaddafi. They were often photographed together and it was said that they had a genuine friendship going on.
15 Mandela was on the u.s. terror list until 2008
No matter how many books are written songs are played or movies are made about the life of Mandela. The truth is that his life was more incredible than any of them. However Mandela was not a saint, a thing that apparently he had admitted frequently Mandela admired communists and his party had ties to Russia that was the biggest no-no in the Cold War. And that’s how he got placed on the US terror list until 2008 due to mostly things that happened way back in the 60s when he was actually in prison. He and other party members had to apply each time for permission to enter the u.s. a requirement that was lifted only during George w bush’s presidency although his life was intense and full of ups and downs Mandela was also a great leader and an inspiration he had a tough job that only a few could do.
16 A psychological phenomenon is named after him
You know you’re famous when streets are named after you but you’re even more famous when a psychological phenomenon bears your name. In the 1980’s fiona broom a so-called paranormal consultant claimed that she had a vivid memory of Mandela having died in prison. This was of course false because one Mandela died in 2013 and to her theory on alternate realities is simply not scientifically accurate. However scientists have used the name the Mandela effect to describe the psychological phenomenon of collective false memories which are memories that are false but shared by multiple people.
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