Nelson Mandela: 10 Surprising Facts You Probably Didn’t Know

Mandela and Zambian President Kenneth Kaunda arrive at an ANC rally on March 3, 1990, in Lusaka, Zambia. Mandela was elected president of the ANC the next year.

After his release in 1990, Mandela embarked on a world tour, meeting U.S. President George H.W. Bush at the White House in June. At his Soweto home on July 18, 1990, Mandela blows out the candles on his 72nd birthday cake. It was the first birthday he celebrated as a free man since the 1960s. Mandela and his wife react to supporters during a visit to Brazil at the governor’s palace in Rio De Janeiro, on August 1, 1991. South African President Frederik de Klerk, right, and Mandela shared a Nobel Peace Prize in 1993 for their work to secure a peaceful transition from apartheid rule. Mandela votes for the first time in his life on March 26, 1994. On April 27, 1994, a long line of people snake toward a polling station in the black township of Soweto outside of Johannesburg in the nation’s first all-race elections. Mandela in Mmabatho for an election rally on March 15, 1994. Mandela was elected president in the first open election in South African history on April 29, 1994. He’s pictured here taking the oath at his inauguration in May, becoming the nation’s first black president. Mandela, left, cheers as Springbok Rugby captain Francois Pienaar holds the Webb Ellis trophy high after winning the World Cup Rugby Championship in Johannesburg on June 24, 1995.
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Nelson Mandela Film is Astonishing

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Now in frail health at home, he is seeing his country somewhat in disarray, with violence on the increase and the economy in free-fall. But that’s another movie. Idris Elba plays Mandela..and is fabulous in the role. What startled me in this gripping film (among many other things) was the frank, honest portrayal of the eventual conflict and split between the two powerful figures of Nelson and Winnie. She had become increasingly radicalized and alienated, and eventually they had to separate and live apart. The so-talented director of the movie was Justin Chadwick, whom I remember from his directing the 15 episodes of “Bleak House” on PBS’s Masterpiece Theatre. He later directed a feature, “The First Grader,”which had Naomie Harris (Winnie) in it.
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Biography: Nelson Mandela


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