Nelson Mandela

Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela was born in a village near Umtata in the Transkei on the 18 July 1918. His father was the principal councillor to the Acting Paramount Chief of Thembuland. After his father s death, the young Rolihlahla became the Paramount Chief s ward to be groomed to assume high office. However, influenced by the cases that came before the Chief s court, he was determined to become a lawyer. Hearing the elders' stories of his ancestors valour during the wars of resistance in defence of their fatherland, he dreamed also of making his own contribution to the freedom struggle of his people. read more



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http://encarta.msn.com/find/Concise.asp?z=1&pg=2&ti=761556825
http://www.anc.org.za/people/mandela.html
http://www.anc.org.za/people/mandela/
http://www.time.com/time/time100/leaders/profile/mandela4.html