Nelson Mandela International Day: discover the inspiring life journey of Nelson Mandela
Nelson Mandela was a symbol of global peacemaking and holds incalculable influence because of his remarkable contribution.
Every year, 18 July is commemorated as Nelson Mandela International Day worldwide. This day remind us about Mandela’s contributions and achievements in working towards dispute resolution, freedom, human rights, unity, and reconciliation. Nelson Mandela Day is not only about commemorating Nelson Mandela’s life, but it is also a way to encourage people to identify their true potential to have a positive impact on others around them. The day inspires people to embrace the values that Mandela shared like democracy, independence, equality, diversity, reconciliation, and honor.
On this special day, The CEO Magazine has taken its step and summarising the complete journey of Nelson Mandela.
- Early Life and Family
Nelson Mandela was born on July 18, 1918, in Mvezo, South Africa. His father, Gadla Henry Mphakanyiswa was a chief. When Mandela was only nine years old, his father died due to lung disease; father’s death affected Mandela’s life badly. After father’s death, Chief Jongintaba Dalindyebo, the acting regent of the Thembu people adopted Mandela.
Mandela started his studies for the Bachelor of Arts degree at the University College of Fort Hare but, he did not complete the degree because, he was expelled from the college for joining a student protest. Thereafter, in the year 1943, he finished his BA in the University of South Africa. In 1944, Mandela married Evelyn Mase, who was a nurse.
- Political Life
While Mandela was increasingly involving in politics from 1942, and finally, he joined the African National Congress in 1944 when he helped to form the ANC Youth League (ANCYL).
Just in a few years, Mandela became the most well-known anti-apartheid activists in South Africa. In 1963, he was imprisoned for leading the liberation movement against apartheid and for his stand on the human right to live in freedom.
He was released in 1990, from imprisonment and contributed towards multi-racial democracy in South Africa. In the year 1994, because of his unconditional efforts, Mandela was elected as the president of South Africa. And, first time in South Africa, a black person became the president of the country. Till 1999, Mandela accomplished his responsibility as the president. In 1993, he was honored with Nobel Peace Prize.
In 2007 Mandela established the Elders; it is an independent group of global leaders, they support peace building, help in addressing major human suffering causes and promote shared interests of humanity through their influence and experience.
In 2001, Mandela treated for prostate cancer and weakened by other health issues. In later years, Mandela rarely used to come in public. In 2009, the UN declared July 18 as “Nelson Mandela International Day” to recognize his contributions in different aspects. And, on December 5, 2013, Nelson Mandela died from a recurring lung infection.