Rolihlahla Mandela was born in Mvezo, on July 18, 1918 to Nonqaphi Nosekeni and Henry Mgadla Mandela.

His father was the principal councillor to the Acting Paramount Chief of the Thembu.

(He received the name ‘Nelson’ from a teacher)

Rolihlahla means “pulling the branch of a tree” in other words "trouble maker".

Peace And Rights

Hearing the elder’s stories of his ancestor’s valour during the wars of resistance, he dreamed also of making his own contribution to the freedom struggle of his people. Mandela belived that black people should have the rights as white people in South Africa.

Becoming a leader

After being arrested on 1962. Nelson Mandela was released on February 11, 1990. He then countinued with his long life dream to become a leader and a peace maker. In 1994 Nelson Mandela became South Africa's first black president after more than three centuries of white rule, he was widely accepted as the most significant black leader in South Africa.