July 18, 1918: Birth of World’s Greatest Anti-Apartheid Activist and Philanthropist, Nelson Mandela

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On this day of 1918, we celebrate the birthday of the world’s most keen philanthropist, anti-apartheid activist and a great president of all times. Nelson Mandela was a revolutionary and political personality who dedicated his life to the love for his people and country. His life was all about emancipation and challenge. After 27 years of imprisonment, he became the president of the nation that once put him behind bars. He has been one of the most passionate voices of all the racial groups of South Africa whether from the government or any other part of the country.

Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela was born on July 18, 1981, in Mvezo, South Africa. He was one of the famous and most celebrated personalities on the whole planet. Mandela was a political person that represented several fraternities and forgave his tyrants to become the voice for those who had been going through tough time in the country. He was appointed as the president of South Africa for five years from 1994 to 1999 and was the first person to be elected through a fully democratic election in the country.

Mandela was an anti-apartheid activist in his early life. He was a leader and the founder of the African National Congress. It was 1962 when he was brutally arrested and alleged with disrupt and many other charges. Sadly, he was sentenced to life imprisonment. Mandela spent a very tough time in prison and was behind bars for about three decades and spent much of his time on the Robben Island, near Cape Town.

During the 1980s, an international apartheid movement was formed that protested against the racial segregation laws of South Africa. Ultimately, many international communities and internal forces from South Africa pressurized the government to cease any racial practices and release Nelson Mandela, who became an international symbol of apartheid injustice. Fortunately, he was released from South African prison in 1990 and started the leadership of his political party, the African National Congress. He played a major role in the country’s first multiracial elections and became the president of the country in 1994.

During his presidency, he introduced different policies that aimed to fight against inequality and poverty in South Africa. He led the government most inclusively and won tremendous international appreciation. After his amazing presidency, he started helping out various social and human rights organization in South Africa. Mandela died on the 5th of December, 2013, due to a recurring infection in his lungs. He was 95 at that time.

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