Motivational Story: Nelson Mandela


Nelson Mandela was the first black president of South Africa. He was  imprisoned for 27 years for fighting against racism.

Born in a small village and grew up in a conservative family with no literacy. He was the first member to attend school in his family.

He gave his voice as a non-violence movement against racism, but turned armed man.

Mandela was great in depicting himself in various disguises – A master of disguise.

As he spent more than half of his lifetime in prison, he mastered the art of passing notes to help other prisoners.

He made a speech in which he said that he welcomed death happily and it made him survive!

His ideas and policies improved the life of millions of people.

He used sports as a tool to disappear the racism in the country.

He won hundreds of awards and rewards, which includes 250 awards and 1993 Nobel Peace Prize, Presidential Medal of Freedom from US, and the Soviet Order of Lenin, 50 honorary degrees from renowned institutes across the world, and many more.

He was the first living person in the history to receive the ‘Honorary Canadian Citizen’ award.

His birthday, 18th June has been declared by UN as a Global Holiday – Nelson Mandela International Holiday.

His autobiography, Long Walk to Freedom was published in December 1994. He wrote in the book,

“No one in my family had ever attended school. On the first day of school my teacher, Miss Mdingane, gave each of us an English name. This was the custom among Africans in those days and was undoubtedly due to the British bias of our education. That day, Miss Mdingane told me that my new name was Nelson. Why this particular name I have, no idea.”  Source:


Wants to read more about Nelson Mandela? Go read his full biography in The Legend: Nelson Mandela by Lantern Books


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