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7 Facts About Nelson Mandela

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One of the world's greatest statesmen recently passed away. Here are 7 facts about Nelson Mandela.

One of the world's greatest statesmen recently passed away. Here are 7 facts about Nelson Mandela.

Number 7 - He was born on July 18, 1918 in Mvezo, a small village in South Africa.

Number 6 - He went to law school in the early 1940s at the University of Witwatersrand in Johannesburg and finally opened his own practice in the city in 1952.

Number 5 - Mandela spent 27 years of his life in prison. Out of which, the first 18 years were in the notorious Robben Island prison where he was forced to perform manual labor.

Number 4 - He received a Nobel Peace Prize in 1993 for his continued work to break the country’s segregation system.

Number 3 - Mandela played a major role in the struggle to abolish apartheid and became the first black president of South Africa in 1994.

Number 2 - Mandela has over 50 honorary degrees from universities worldwide. Numerous streets and buildings have been named after him.

Number 1 - His birth name was Rolihlahla Mandela. His first name 'Nelson' was given to him by his school teacher.