Nelson Mandela Biography & Wiki Facts
Nelson Mandela Date of Birth, Birth Place,Nick Names & Height
- Complete Name: Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela
- Nicknames: Black Pimperne, Madiba
- Occupation: Politician, Writer, Lawyer, Activist
- Date of Birth: July 18, 1918
- Birthplace: Johannesburg, South Africa
- Zodiac Sign: Cancer
- Height: 6′ 0″ (1.83 m)
- Net worth: $1.5 million
Nelson Mandela Favorite Color, Food, Book & Music
- Hobbies and Interests: Boxing, Reading and Writing Books, Gardening
- Favorite Color: Black
- Favorite Food: Tripe
- Favorite Drink: Amarhewu
- Favorite Book: The Grapes of Wrath, Complete Works of Shakespeare
- Favorite Music: European Classic Music
- Favorite Singer: Miriam Makeba, J.P. Mohapeloa, Paul Robeson
- Favorite Poem: “Invictus” by William Ernest Henley
- Favorite Sports: Boxing
- Favorite Pet: Dog
Nelson Mandela Interesting Facts:
His first job was as a security guard at a mine.
Used to read his favorite poem “Invictus” to other prisoners during his time in prison.
Nelson Mandela has six children, 20 grandchildren and rising number of great-grandchildren.
Quotes by Nelson Mandela
Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world.
I learned that courage was not the absence of fear, but the triumph over it. The brave man is not he who does not feel afraid, but he who conquers that fear.
It always seems impossible until it’s done.
It is better to lead from behind and to put others in front, especially when you celebrate victory when nice things occur. You take the front line when there is danger. Then people will appreciate your leadership.
There is no passion to be found playing small – in settling for a life that is less than the one you are capable of living.
There is no easy walk to freedom anywhere, and many of us will have to pass through the valley of the shadow of death again and again before we reach the mountaintop of our desires.
A good leader can engage in a debate frankly and thoroughly, knowing that at the end he and the other side must be closer, and thus emerge stronger. You don’t have that idea when you are arrogant, superficial, and uninformed.
I dream of the realization of the unity of Africa, whereby its leaders combine in their efforts to solve the problems of this continent. I dream of our vast deserts, of our forests, of all our great wildernesses.