International Role Models — 05 July 2013
Nelson Mandela

Nelson Mandela was the first president of South Africa, after vehemently fighting apartheid. He has been very instrumental in uniting South Africa. It has not been a smooth road to greatness. He was born in Transkei, among the Thembi people. His father was the advisor to the chief. His father died when he was very young. However exposure to stories of his people fighting for freedom ignited in him a passion to fight for it too.

As a youth, his Education was very much disrupted by his political activity. He had humble beginnings, where he was even once a mine security officer! He joined The African National Congress in 1942, through which he intensified his efforts against apartheid. He served 27 years in jail for this very course, 23 of which he spent in the infamous Robben Island, which Barack Obama has visited twice in Mandela’s honour.

Mandela and F.W de Klerk received the Nobel Peace Prize in 1993, for their fight against apartheid. In 1994, he became South Africa’s first president and served for only one term as promised. A very selfless move, in addition to the much he gave back to community. Mandela’s sacrifice cannot be down played, and July 18 has been made ‘Mandela day’, and even games played in his honour.

It is virtually impossible to put down the entire life of Mandela who is a selfless role model. He did not get to the limelight out of sheer coincidence. He worked for it, and deserves the recognition to the uttermost. His life is indeed a story to be read and imitated.

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