25 Things You Didn’t Know About Nelson Mandela And His Enduring Legacy

Posted by on December 6, 2013

Although western media always painted him as a hero, Nelson always resisted his public image and insisted that he was “an ordinary man who had become leader because of extraordinary circumstances”. Granted, not all of the things on this list are upstanding, and like all of us he had his share of faults, but by the end you’ll find out 25 things you didn’t know about Nelson Mandela and his enduring legacy.


His parents didn't name him Nelson. This name was randomly given to him by a teacher at school.


He grew up in a tribal village and was the first in his family to attend college



He studied to be a lawyer and ended up as a high ranking member of the African National Congress, a group resisting apartheid.



Contrary to popular belief, he was not a pacifist. Although initially he opposed violence he eventually deemed it necessary but he never condoned violence towards civilians.



He even received guerilla training in Morroco and Ethiopia