Nelson Mandela

Former President of South Africa

Born 1918-7-18 in Umtata, South Africa

Nelson Mandela was the first South African president of a truly democratic South Africa. He was elected president in 1994, in South Africa's first democratic election, and served until 1999. Prior to becoming president, Mandela was an anti-apartheid activist: the leader of Umkhonto we Sizwe, the armed wing of the ANC and both president of the ANC Transvaal branch and the ANC's deputy national president. In 1952 Mandela and Oliver Tambo opened the first black legal firm in the country. Mandela served 27 years in prison, some of which were on Robben Island, after being convicted of “plotting to destroy the South African state by sabotage” at the now famous Rivonia trial. He was released from prison on 11 February 1990. Mandela has received more than 250 awards over four decades, most notably the Nobel Peace Prize in 1993. His birthday has been named Mandela Day in his honour, with the United Nations General Assembly observing the first ever annual 'Nelson Mandela Day' on Sunday, 18 July 2010. In 2011, a book about Nelson Mandela entitled 'Nelson Mandela by Himself: The Authorised Book of Quotations' was released.


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Celebrity
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Philanthropist (Silver)
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Veteran
Newsmaker
Achiever

PREVIOUS POSITIONS

Co-founder | The Elders

July 2007

Social Development and Community Services

Founder | Nelson Mandela Foundation

1999

Social Development and Community Services

Founder | Nelson Mandela Children's Fund

1995

Social Development and Community Services

South African President | Government of South Africa

1994 - 1999

Government, Public Administration and Defence

President | African National Congress

1991 - 1997

Social Development and Community Services

First Commander-in-Chief | Umkhonto we Sizwe

1961 - 1962

Social Development and Community Services

Co-Founder | Umkhomto we Sizwe

December 1961 - 1990

Social Development and Community Services

National Volunteer-in-Chief | Defiance Campaign | African National Congress Youth League

1952 - 1952

Government, Public Administration and Defence

Lawyer | Mandela & Tambo Attorneys

1952 - 1956

Law Practice and Legal Services

Attorney | H.M. Basner Law Firm

April 1952

Law Practice and Legal Services

Attorney | Terblanche and Briggish

1951 - 1952

Law Practice and Legal Services

National Secretary | African National Congress Youth League

1948 - 1952

Government, Public Administration and Defence

Co-founder | African National Congress Youth League

Johannesburg, South Africa | September 1944

Social Development and Community Services

Night Watchman | Crown Mines

Johannesburg, South Africa | 1941 - 1941

Mining, Energy and Natural Resources

Article Clerk | Witkin, Sidelsky and Eidelman

Johannesburg, South Africa | 1941 - 1951

Government, Public Administration and Defence

Honorary Member | The Elders

Johannesburg, South Africa

Social Development and Community Services

EDUCATIONAL HISTORY

TERTIARY EDUCATION

University of Bologna

Johannesburg, South Africa | Awarded in 1988

Honorary Degree in Political Science

York University, Canada

Johannesburg, South Africa | Awarded in 1989

Honorary Doctor of Laws

University of the Witwatersrand

Johannesburg, South Africa

Bachelor of Law

University of the Witwatersrand

Johannesburg, South Africa | Awarded in 1991

Honorary Doctorate

University of Oxford

Johannesburg, South Africa

Honorary Doctorate

Rhodes University

Johannesburg, South Africa | Awarded in 2002

Honorary Doctor of Laws

University of South Africa

Johannesburg, South Africa | Awarded in 1942

Bachelor of Arts

Britains' Open University

Johannesburg, South Africa | Awarded in 2004

Honorary Doctorate

University of Cambridge

Johannesburg, South Africa

Honorary Doctorate

Open University

Johannesburg, South Africa | Awarded in 2004

Honorary Doctorate

University of Lesotho

Maseru, Lesotho | Awarded in September 1979

Honorary Doctor of Laws

Michigan State University

Maseru, Lesotho | Awarded in 2008

LLD Honoris Causa

University of Lancaster, Britain

Maseru, Lesotho | Awarded in 1983

Honorary Doctor of Laws

University of Mauritius

Maseru, Lesotho | Awarded in September 1998

Honorary Degree

Free University of Brussels

Maseru, Lesotho | Awarded in 1984

Honorary Bachelor of Laws

Ahmadu Bello University

Maseru, Lesotho | Awarded in 1985

Honorary Doctor of Laws

University of Zimbabwe

Maseru, Lesotho | Awarded in 1986

Honorary Doctor of Laws

University of Michigan

Maseru, Lesotho | Awarded in 1986

Honorary Degree

University of Havana, Cuba

Maseru, Lesotho | Awarded in 1986

Honorary degree

United States Ross University Medical School in the Caribbean

Maseru, Lesotho | Awarded in 1987

Honorary Degree

Karl Marx University of the German Democratic Republic

Maseru, Lesotho | Awarded in 1987

Honorary Doctorate

University of Carabobo, Venezuela

Maseru, Lesotho | Awarded in 1988

Honorary Doctorate

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