Nelson Mandela

Nelson Mandela adopting a boxing pose in 1950.


Mandela, a qualified Lawyer from University College of Fort Hare and University of Witwatersrand. Photo 1944.


Mandela and wife, Winnie Madikizela in 1958 when they both walked down the aisle.

Nelson Mandela

in 1961, Mandela founded Umkhonto for Sizwe, the armed wing of his political party. He was named the leader.

"I am prepared to die" — the speech from the dock, 1964

In 1964, Mandela and seven others were sentenced to life imprisonment for trying to overthrow the S.A government.

Nelson Mandela on Robben Island, 1977

Photo of Mandela working in prison in 1977 on Rodden Island.

Nelson Mandela's cell on Robben Island, 1977

Mandela’s prison cell, 1977.


Winnie Mandela raises hand in support of Nelson at his 70th birthday concert in 1988.


Mandela walks free from prison after 27 years of staying behind bars on February 11, 1990.


Mandela and SA President F. W De Klerk hold up medals after jointly receiving Nobel peace prizes in 1993.


Long queue outside the polling station in Soweto in 1994. Mandela was declared President.


Mandela votes, in 1994.


Mandela takes the oath of office on May 10, 1994.


Nelson Mandela and Princess Diana in Capetown on March 17, 1997.


Mandela hands over office to Thabo Mbeki as President of SA on June 16, 1999.

FILE -- In this file photo taken July 11, 2010 former South African President Nelson Mandela, left, with his wife Graca Machel, right, attends the final of the FIFA World Cup Soccer Tournament in Johannesburg, Mandela's last public appearance. Mandela, now old and frail, lives in seclusion in his Johannesburg home. Beyond the high walls of the house, the fighting over his image and what he stood for has already begun (AP Photo/Martin Meissner-File)

Mandela and third wife, Graca Machel at the FIFA world cup final on July 11, 2010 in Johannesburg.


Mandela and U.S first lady, Michelle Obama on June 21, 2011 at his home in Houghton, South Africa.

In this hand out photograph supplied by Peter Morey Photographic for the Mandela family, showing former South Africa president Nelson Mandela, center, with family members left to right Zaziwe Manaway, Ziphokazi Manaway, Zamaswazi Dlamini and Zamak Obiri at Mandela's hometown in Qunu, South Africa, Sunday July 17, 2011. Mandela celebrates his 93rd birthday Monday July 18, 2011. Center back is Mandela';s daughter Princess Zenani Dlamini. (AP Photo/Peter Morey Photographic-HO) NO SALES, EDITORIAL USE ONLY

Mandela, center, with family members left to right-Zaziwe Manaway, Ziphokazi Manaway, Zamaswazi Dlamini, and Zamak Obiri in his hometown, Qunu, SA. Sunday July 17, 2011.


Mandela and Former U.S President Bill Clinton at his hometown Qunu, SA on Mandela’s 94th birthday eve. July 17, 2012.

In this image taken Friday June 14, 2013, A Mandela Foundation employee shows the archived passport of former South African President Nelson Mandela. Nelson Mandela’s condition in a Pretoria hospital remained critical for a second straight day Monday June 24, 2013, said South Africa’s president Jacob Zuma, who described the stricken anti-apartheid hero as being “asleep” when he visited him the previous evening.(AP Photo/Jerome Delay)

Mandela’s supporter shows archived photos of Mandela on Friday June 14, 2013. Mandela was in the hospital then.

A boy kicks a ball behind a statue of former South African President Nelson Mandela outside the Groot Drakenstein correctional facility near the town of Franschhoek, South Africa, Sunday, June 9, 2013. Former South African President Nelson Mandela was receiving medical treatment for a lung infection on Sunday after spending a second night in a hospital. (AP Photo/Schalk van Zuydam)

Mandela’s statue in Groot Drakenstein correctional facility. Photo taken on June 9, 2013.

some of Mandela’s quotes:

“after climbing a great hill, one only finds that there are many more hills to climb”

“the greatest glory in living lies not in never falling, but in rising every time we fall”

“i learnt that courage is not 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”

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