History of Nelson MandelaIt always seems impossible until it's done - Nelson Mandela
Born in the Transkei on the 18th of July 1918, Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela first became politically active as a young student at the University College of Fort Hare. There, he began on a path that would lead him through incredible adversity, to ultimately make South African and international history as South Africa’s first democratically elected President. Throughout his work in the struggle against apartheid, his incarceration on Robben Island and his subsequent release and involvement in peace talks, Mandela emerged as a unique leader – one committed to peace and equality, with an incredible capacity to forgive, to move away from the past in order to forge a brighter future for his beloved country. This resulted in him and President FW de Klerk being jointly awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 1993.
Madiba has become on the most beloved icons in South African history and he continues to inspire individuals across the country and the rest of the world after his sad passing in December 2013 at the age of 95. His passion for and dedication to creating a better world, his indomitable sense of purpose, combined with his grace, humility and humour, have shown the world what makes a true leader.
“I have fought against white domination, and I have fought against black domination. I have cherished the ideal of a democratic and free society in which all persons live together in harmony and with equal opportunities. It is an ideal which I hope to live for and to achieve. But if needs be, it is an ideal for which I am prepared to die.”
– Nelson Mandela.