Nelson Mandela is 91 years old today

South Africa
July 14, 2009 11:43am CST
hi everyone, i will like to say happy birthday to nelson mandela, the great african man who brought freedom to south africa, he is fondly call so many names including the Mandibu, the lion of africa and several others, though he is old and frail but all africans love him for being a great freedom fighter
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• India
14 Jul 09
Is it? My Heartiest Happy Birthday wishes as well.. I like to say a few words about "Nelson Mandela" here.. Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela (born 18 July 1918) is the former President of South Africa. He was the first to be elected in fully-representative democratic elections. Before his presidency, Mandela was an anti-apartheid activist and leader of the African National Congress (ANC), and was sentenced to life imprisonment for sabotage after he went underground and began the ANC's armed struggle. He saw his wife only three times over the next 27 years. Through his 27 years in prison, much of it spent in a cell on Robben Island, Mandela became the most widely known figure in the struggle against apartheid. Among opponents of apartheid in South Africa and internationally, he became a cultural icon of freedom and equality. The apartheid government and nations sympathetic to it condemned him and the ANC as communists and terrorists, and he became a figure of hatred among many South African whites, supporters of apartheid, and opponents of the ANC. Following his release from prison in 1990, his switch to a policy of reconciliation and negotiation helped lead the transition to multi-racial democracy in South Africa. Since the end of apartheid, he has been widely praised, even among white South Africans and former opponents. Mandela has received more than one hundred awards over four decades, most notably the Nobel Peace Prize in 1993. He is currently a celebrated elder statesman who continues to voice his opinion on topical issues. In South Africa he is often known as Madiba, an honorary title adopted by elders of Mandela's clan. The title has come to be synonymous with Nelson Mandela. ~Have a nice time~