Nelson Mandela

Nelson Mandela\'s greatest pleasure, his most private moment, is watching the sun set with the music of Handel or Tchaikovsky playing

Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela was born in a village near Umtata in the Transkei on the 18 July 1918Mr Mandela was born in 1918 into the Madiba tribal clan - part of the Thembu people - in a small village in the eastern Cape of South Africa.

Nelson Mandela is one of the great moral and political leaders of our time: an international hero whose lifelong dedication to the fight against racial oppression in South Africa won him the Nobel Peace Prize and the presidency of his country

twenty-seven years in prison

In 1993 Mandela and the president who released him, F.W. de Klerk, shared the Nobel Peace Prize

Mandela was elected the country\'s president in 1994

He joined the African National Congress in 1943, first as an activist, then as the founder and president of the ANC Youth League.

He married his first wife, Evelyn Mase, in 1944. They were divorced in 1957 after having three children.


1918 - Born in the Eastern Cape

1956 - Charged with high treason, but charges dropped

1964 - Charged again, sentenced to life

1990 - Freed from prison

1993 - Wins Nobel Peace Prize

1994 - Elected first black president

1999 - Steps down as leader

In the winter of 1964 he was sentenced to life in prison.