Nelson Mandela: From being named as 'troublemaker' to revolutionary leader who fought against apartheid 

Published: 05th December 2017 01:22 PM  |   Last Updated: 05th December 2017 02:25 PM  

Nelson Mandela, one of the greatest leader the world has ever seen died four years ago on 5th December 2013. He is fondly remembered for his struggle against apartheid, a racial discrimination which was widely practised in South Africa. He spent 27 years in prison, for the liberation of the black people in South Africa. On his fourth death anniversary, here are 10 interesting facts about the legendary leader. (Photo | AP)
Nelson Mandela, one of the greatest leader the world has ever seen died four years ago on 5th December 2013. He is fondly remembered for his struggle against apartheid, a racial discrimination which was widely practised in South Africa. He spent 27 years in prison, for the liberation of the black people in South Africa. On his fourth death anniversary, here are 10 interesting facts about the legendary leader. (Photo | AP)
Nelson Mandela was born as Rolihlahla Mandela on July 18th, 1918. In his Xhosa tribe, the name means pulling the branch of a tree or troublemaker. The name Nelson was given to him by his teacher as she could not pronounce his name. (Photo | Wiki commons)
His father died when he was only 9 years old, since his younger days his interest grew in African history. He was adopted by the village chief. (Photo | AP)
When he was elected as the student representative council at the University of Fort Hare, he resign, aligning with the students who were protesting the food quality. Shortly he was expelled from the University. (Photo | AP)
On July 15, 1944 he married nurse Evelyn Ntoko Mase. That year he also officially joined the African National Congress. (Photo | Wiki commons)
When Mandela was imprisoned he suffered the losses of two close family, his mother passed away in 1968 followed by the death of his eldest son. (Photo | Wiki commons)
Nelson wrote his secret autobiography when he was in prison from 1962 to 1990. The book was later published as 'Long Walk to Freedom' in 1994. (Photo | Wiki commons)
He was not only involved fighting against apartheid but he also raised social awareness about AIDS. His own son died from complications of the virus in 2005. (Photo | AP)
Mandela made it a point to always arrive on time. He regarded lack of punctuality as a character flaw. (Photo | AP)
He received more than 695 awards, including the 1993 Nobel Peace Prize. More than 25 schools, universities and educational institutions have been named after Nelson Mandela. At least 19 scholarships and foundations bear his name. He was awarded 115 honorary degrees and more than 95 sculptures, statues, or pieces of art have been made of him or dedicated to him. (Photo | AP)
In 2009, the United Nations declared that Nelson Mandela International Day will be celebrated every year on July 18 (his birthday). The purpose of the day is to honour Mandela's legacy and promote community service. (Photo | AP)
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