People or Institutions Making
BA Honours, MA in English Literature
Department of English
Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela (18 July 1918 – 5
December 2013) was a South African anti-apartheid
revolutionary, politician, and philanthropist, who
served as President of South Africa from 1994 to 1999.
He was the country's first black head of state and the
first elected in a fully representative democratic
election. His government focused on dismantling the
legacy of apartheid by tackling institutionalised
racism and fostering racial reconciliation. Ideologically
an African nationalist and socialist, he served as
President of the African National Congress (ANC)
party from 1991 to 1997.
Biography of Nelson Mandela
Name : Nelson Mandela
Occupation : Politician, Activist , Humanitarian,
Philanthropist, Philosopher, Lawyer &
Birth Date : 18 July 1918
Death Date : 5 December 2013 (aged 95)
Place of Birth : Mvezo, Cape Province, Union of South Africa
Place of Death : Johannesburg, Gauteng, South Africa
Political party : African National Congress
Nickname : Madeba
Works : The Long Walk to Freedom
Awards : Sakharov Prize (1988) Bharat Ratna (1990)
Nobel Peace Prize(1993) Order of Lenin,
Presidential Medal of Freedom
People like Him
Mahatma GandhiBangabandhu Sheikh Majubar Rahman
Nelson Mandela guided South Africa from the shackles
of apartheid to a multi-racial democracy, as an icon of
peace and reconciliation who came to embody the
struggle for justice around the world.
“I hate race discrimination most intensely and in all its
manifestations. I have fought it all during my life; I will
fight it now, and will do so until the end of days,”
Mandela said in his acceptance speech on becoming
South Africa’s first black president in 1994.
“During my lifetime I have dedicated myself to this struggle
of the African People. I have fought against white
domination, and I have fought against black domination.”
“We have, at last, achieved our political emancipation.”
“I have cherished the ideal of a democratic and free society
in which all persons live together in harmony and with
equal opportunities. It is an ideal which I hope to live for
and to see realized. But if it needs be, it is an ideal for
which I am prepared to die." he told in the court.
Comment on Him by famous persons
“He is the epicenter of our
time, ours in South Africa,
and yours, wherever you are.”
Nadine Gordimer, the South African writer and
Nobel Laureate for literature, once remarked.
Comment on Him by famous persons
“Nelson Mandela reminds us that it
always seems impossible until it is
done. South Africa shows it is true.
South After shows that we can
“He was a man of patient blood, a
son, a husband, a father. That’s I
learnt from him. That’s you can
learn too.” Barack Obama says in his
speech in an Award Giving ceremony in 2015
when he was awarded Mandela Award 2015.
Apartheid = Discrimination
Icon = Symbol
Shackles = Chain
Discrimination = Differences
Manifestation = Presentation
Healing = Curing
Emancipation = Liberation
Multi racial = One to all races
Prestige = Fame, Influence
Charisma = Fasination
Task One: Writing
Write a short Paragraph on Nelson Mandela with 150
Task Two: Speaking
Talk about a world famous person you admire. You
a. Who is the person?
b. How do you know him?
c. Why he is famous in the world?
d. What are the contributions of the person to the
society as well as the nation ?
e. Discuss his characteristics and personality.
Nelson Mandela is one of the greatest leaders in the
world history. His name is written in golden letters in the
history, philosophy and politics. He has been imprisoned
about nearly three decades. After all he did not lose his
hope and aspiration. Moreover, his true spirit makes the
African people free and happy. That’s why he is
remembered in deep respect and honor by the whole
people of the world.