There have been many leaders and many great leaders in this world, but the one like Nelson Mandela is hard to see. Leaders aren’t born, they are made and it takes time to become a great leader. As the greatest leader of all times Mr Nelson Mandela says “the greatest glory in living lies in never falling but in rising every time we fall”.
Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela, born on 18 July 1918 was a South African anti-apartheid revolutionary, politician and philanthropist who served as President of South Africa from 1994 to 1999.South Africa’s first black chief executive was so serious about education such that he did his law studies at the University of Witwatersrand in spite of facing racism from his fellow mates. He strongly believed that education is that powerful weapon which can change the world.
During his childhood age, when every kid enjoys the friendship of life, Mandela had to go through their ignorance. He feels like the one who is on the sidelines, who has missed life itself and so when Mandela became the president his government focused on tackling institutionalized racism, poverty and inequality to bring apartheid to its end.
Like many other leaders he just not became leader all by himself. All his life he fought against apartheid. Many times he was arrested for his revolutionary activities. He spent nearly 27 years in prison, much of it in a cell on Robben Island and the rest of his captivity was in Pollsmoor Prison. Since the end of apartheid, he was widely praised, even by former opponents.
In his life he always looked for the best in people, even defending political opponents to his allies, who sometimes thought him too trusting of others. He described himself as not a messiah, but an ordinary man who had become a leader because of extraordinary circumstances. Mandela received more than 260 awards over 40 years, most notably the Nobel Peace Prize in 1993. From 1994 to 1999, Mandela was President of South Africa, the first ever African to be elected in fully representative democratic polls.
After suffering from a prolonged respiratory infection, Mandela said good bye to his people on 5 December 2013 at the age of 95. By the time of his death, Mandela had come to be widely considered “the father of the nation” within South Africa and “the founding father of democracy”.
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