Who Is Nelson Mandela?

(CNN) — Here is a look at the life of Nelson Mandela, Nobel Peace Prize winner and former president of South Africa.

Personal: Birth date: July 18, 1918

Birth place: Mvezo, Transkei, South Africa.

Birth name: Rolihlahla Dalibhunga Mandela

Father: Gadla Henry Mphakanyiswa, a counselor to the royal house of the Thembu tribe

Mother: Nosekeni Fanny Mandela

Marriages: Graca (Machel) Mandela (July 18, 1998 – present); “Winnie” (Madikizela) Mandela (1958 – 1996, divorce); Evelyn (Ntoko) Mandela (1944 – 1958, divorce)

Children: with Winnie Mandela: Zindzi, 1960 and Zenani, 1959; with Evelyn Mandela: Makaziwe, 1953; Makgatho, 1950 – January 6, 2005; Makaziwe, 1947 – 1948; Thembekile, 1946 – 1969

Education: University of South Africa, law degree, 1942

Other Facts: He was given the name Nelson by a school teacher. He is also sometimes called Madiba, his traditional clan name.

Mandela has been called both “the world’s most famous political prisoner” and “South Africa’s Great Black Hope.”


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