Good morning to everyone in this room. I would like to thank the principal, the teachers, and my dear friends for allowing me to speak to you today about Nelson Mandela. On July 18, 1918, Nelson Mandela was born in a Transkei community not far from Umtata. He completed his BA via correspondence before taking the clerkship exams and starting his LLB coursework.
Nelson Mandela lived through years of being a colonized person before becoming actively involved in the anti-apartheid movement. Mandela endured suffering as an African boy who fell victim to the European expatriate effort that entailed ‘civilizing’ local people.
In the 1960s, Nelson Mandela was put in prison for protesting against the government’s racial limitations. He spent around three decades of his life behind bars, yet he never wavered in his quest for justice and equality for all people.
Nelson Mandela was revered as a strong, unwavering leader who embodied strength, integrity, and values. In the battle to end racial discrimination in 1994, he was the sole person to represent the nation. He earned the first-ever nomination for president of a race in South Africa. He was in charge of South Africa for five years, from 1994 to 1999.
Nelson Mandela carried on serving as a symbol of the aspirations for a just and free world even after he left public life. He passed away from this world forever in December 2013. At the time, he was 95 years old. Nelson Mandela received more than 250 medals and distinctions, including the Medal of Freedom, the Bharat Ratna, and the “1993 Nobel Peace” Prize. Thank you.