The Life of Nelson Mandela

Catherine Wellenhofer Ms. Bailey 3rd Period

The life of a Leader

A South American leader, former president, and legend.

Early Life

  • Nelson Mandela was born on July 18, 1918 in Transkei.
  • Even when Nelson was a small boy, he wanted to start freedom in hid country

How Nelson Impacted South Africa

Nelson was a leader of both peaceful protests and armed resistance against the racially divided South Africa. His actions landed him in prison for nearly thirty years and made him the face of the antiapartheid movement both within his country and internationally. He became the first black president of South Africa. Nelson remained to be a devoted leader until his death.

Nelson's Marriage
Nelson was married to Nelson Mandela married three times and fathered six children. He also had 17 grandchildren and many great-grandchildren.

School Years

Nelson Mandela made his studies with a Bachelor of Arts Degree at the University College of Fort Hare but did not complete the degree there because expelled for joining in a student protest. He his BA through the University of South Africa and went back to Fort Hare for his graduation in 1943.


Mandela and 150 others were arrested and charged with treason for their political advocacy in 1956 (they were eventually acquitted). Nelson was released from prison in 1985 in exchange for renouncing armed struggle.

President Years

In 1994, Mandela was elected president of the African National Congress, with his best friend Oliver Tambo serving as national chairperson. He was the first black president at the age of 77.

Following steps

In April 2007 his grandson Mandla Mandela became head of the Mvezo Traditional Council.


Nelson Madela basically died of a lot of things, but in all honesty Nelson just died of old age. Madela never answered to racism or questioned to fight for democracy. Nelson will be remembered for his bravery and determination for South Africa and the world

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