Nelson Mandela – The Rising Sun of South Africa
We are all travelers of space and time. As we travel from generation to generation, we come across a few people who lead, inspire and show us the path of truth, dignity, honesty, respect and duty. They start as mere humans and end as the beings that are more than human.
One such person was Nelson Mandela. Often referred as ‘the Gandhi of Africa’ has left the planet when he was 95. Before you concede that that was a complete life and he was fortunate to have lived a fulfilled life, remember that most of his active life was amid the closed 4-walls for 27-long years.
The whole life of the civil rights icon was full of struggles and inspiring events. Read ahead to know everything you need to know about one of the most sought-after human rights activists of the 20th century.
Birth, Childhood and Education
The Jesus of Soweto was born on 18 July 1918 in a village called Mvezo, located in the Eastern Cape. His childhood was stable or at least till the time he lost his father at the age of 12.
He was raised hearing the stories of Madiba clan, into which he was born, and that rooted him to think that he should play his part to contribute to the betterment of his clan. The world got to see the strength of those roots could be seen later.
Rolihlahla Mandela was christened as Nelson Mandela by his primary school teacher in Qunu. She had no clue then that the very child could change the fate of a nation and millions of people.
He got his Junior Certificate at Clarkebury Boarding Institute and matriculation at a seemingly reputed Wesleyan secondary school. Later Mandela went on to do a Bachelor of Arts degree at the University College of Fort Hare. That graduation effort did not go well as he was expelled from the college as a result of his participation in a student protest. The first signs of a peaceful rebel?
Later he registered in a few degrees and universities but he could not complete a degree for various reasons. It was only in 1989 he obtained LLB degree from the University of South Africa, during the last few months of his 27-year imprisonment time.
Entry into Politics and Personal Life –
Even though Mandela was actively involved in politics even from his early 20s, it was only in 1944 he joined the African National Congress in 1944 but he indirectly involved in the formation of the ANC Youth League (ANCYL) in 1942.
Imprisonment and Life After That –
Mandela was one of the acquitted in a countrywide swoop that took place on 5 December in 1956. It was his first taste of jail and he knew there are more to come in the future. The country’s first emergency came as a result of police killing 69 unarmed people protesting the pass laws. He was one among the detained.
Days later, he travelled to Pietermaritzburg to attend and speak at the All-in Africa Conference. The conference resolved that Mandela should write requesting the Prime Minister for a national convention on a non-racial constitution otherwise a national strike from 29-31st March 1961. The strike was called off as a result of a massive mobilization of leaders by police. It was the same year he was asked to lead an armed protest that resulted in a series of explosions on December 16, 1961.
This led Mandela to leave the country in disguise. Travelled to England to seek support and underwent training in Morocco. On his return to the country, he was arrested in a roadblock on 5 August 1962 and it was only in the late afternoon of a Sunday in February, 1990. He then went on to become the President of South Africa in 1994 only to retire in 1999. He passed away on 5 December and was laid to rest in Qunu in the Eastern Cape province.
A Mere Human with Extraordinary History –
It could only happen in people’s imagination that a person could change the path of a nation from 4 closed walls. Mandela made it possible by taking the path of Peace. The life of Nelson Mandela is indeed an inspiration for the entire human race. From the life history of Mandela, we can learn how important it is to maintain a Leadership quality for the maintaining the management and also in seeking success in the Smartest ways. A management can be operated with the right Consulting. Consulting nowadays playa a major role in maintain the operational activities of the management which lead to the success of the organization