Nelson Mandela was a world figure, and much of his life played out on the public stage. But even giants of history have aspects of their lives that aren’t as widely known. THE DANIELS GROUP PUBLIC RELATIONS LLC. reflects at elements of Mr. Mandela’s biography that you may not be aware of:
1. He wasn’t born Nelson Mandela but rather Rolihlahla Mandela in Mvezo, a village on the eastern cape of South Africa, in 1918.
2. As a young boy, he lived in Qunu, a village so small that there were no roads. There were only footpaths, and families lived in huts.
3. He was baptized in the United Methodist Church and given the name Nelson by a teacher.
4. His father, a counselor to the tribal chief, died when he was 9. Mandela was then adopted by the tribal chief.
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5. He fled to Johannesburg to avoid a marriage arranged by the tribal regent.
6. Sports were a part of his life even during his time as a political prisoner at Robben Island. There, he helped to form a very limited sports program in the isolation section. He and other prisoners became fans of the prison soccer teams that would play weekly matches in the general section of the prison.
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7. Invictus, the 2009 film starring Morgan Freeman as Mandela, is the name of a William Ernest Henley poem that provided Mandela inspiration during his 27 years in prison.
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8. Mandela was known to excel in boxing.
9. In 2005, Mandela announced his son, Makgatho Mandela, had died of AIDS.
South Africa’s first black president who led the peaceful transition from white-only rule, has died aged 95, South Africans mourned Friday the death of the man who led the fight to end the system of apartheid here and then went on to lead the country itself.
Sunday will be a “National Day of Prayer and Reflection,” in which people throughout the nation will gather in places of worship to conduct “Prayer Services and Meditation reflecting on the life” of Mr. Mandela. The official memorial service will be held Tuesday in First National Bank Stadium in Johannesburg. From Wednesday through next Friday, his body will lie in state at the seat of government in Pretoria, where he served as president, “Long live Madiba!”
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