Nelson Mandela

In Prison

His Early Life

Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela was born in Transkei, South Africa on July 18 1918.At age sixteen, in 1934, Mandela moved to the Wesleyan College in Fort Beaufort, which most Thembu royalty attended, and took an interest in boxing and running.At the end of his first year, he became involved in a boycott of the Students Representative Council against the university policies, he was asked to leave Fort Hare and he left for Johannesburg, where he completed his degree at the University of South Africa. Mandela has been married three times, has fathered six children, has twenty grandchildren, and a growing number of great-grandchildren. He is grandfather to Chief Mandla Mandela. Mandela`s first marriage was to Evelyn Ntoko Mase who, like Mandela, was also from what later became the Transkei area of South Africa, although they actually met in Johannesburg. Mandela was married again to his second wife, Winnie Madikizela Mandela, also came from the Transkei area, although they, too, met in Johannesburg. Mandela was also remarried again, on his 80th birthday in 1998, to Graca Machel, widow of Samora Machel, the former Mozambican president and ANC ally who was killed in an air crash 12 years earlier.

His Marriages

Mandela has been married three times, has fathered six children, has twenty grandchildren, and a growing number of great-grandchildren. He is grandfather to Chief Mandla Mandela. Mandela`s first marriage was to Evelyn Ntoko Mase who, like Mandela, was also from what later became the Transkei area of South Africa, although they actually met in Johannesburg. Mandela was married again to his second wife, Winnie Madikizela Mandela, also came from the Transkei area, although they, too, met in Johannesburg. Mandela was also remarried again, on his 80th birthday in 1998, to Graca Machel, widow of Samora Machel, the former Mozambican president and ANC ally who was killed in an air crash 12 years earlier.