Nelson Mandela Height, Age, Family, Facts, Biography

Nelson Mandela Quick Info
Height6 ft
Date of BirthJuly 18, 1918
Zodiac SignCancer
Hair ColorGray
Eye ColorDark Brown

Nelson Mandela was a South African anti-apartheid revolutionary, political leader, lawyer, and philanthropist who served as the first black President of South Africa from 1994 to 1999. A revered figure and social icon, he was one of the major forces who helped bring an end to the apartheid system of racial discrimination.

Born Name

Rolihlahla Mandela

Nick Name

Nelson, Madiba

Nelson Mandela as seen during his visit to give a lecture at LSE on 'Africa and Its Position in the World' held at the Peacock Theatre in November 2009
Nelson Mandela as seen during his visit to give a lecture at LSE on ‘Africa and Its Position in the World’ held at the Peacock Theatre in November 2009 (Library of the London School of Economics and Political Science / Flickr / Public Domain)

Age

He was born on July 18, 1918.

Died

Nelson Mandela died due to a respiratory infection at the age of 95 on December 5, 2013, in Johannesburg, Gauteng, South Africa.

Resting Place

Mandela Graveyard, Qunu, Eastern Cape, South Africa

Sun Sign

Cancer

Born Place

Mvezo, Cape Province, Union of South Africa

Nationality

South African

Education

Nelson Mandela studied at institutions like the University of Fort Hare, the University of London, the University of South Africa, and the University of the Witwatersrand.

Occupation

Revolutionary, Political Leader, Lawyer, Philanthropist

Family

  • Father – Gadla Henry Mphakanyiswa (Local chief and councillor to the monarch)
  • Mother – Nosekeni Fanny

Build

Slim

Nelson Mandela (Right) and President Bill Clinton at the Independence Hall in Philadelphia on July 4, 1993
Nelson Mandela (Right) and President Bill Clinton at the Independence Hall in Philadelphia on July 4, 1993 (White House Photograph Office, Clinton Administration / Executive Office of the President of the United States / Public Domain)

Height

6 ft or 183 cm

Girlfriend / Spouse

Nelson Mandela had dated –

  1. Evelyn Ntoko Mase (1944-1958) – Their marriage resulted in the birth of 4 children including Madiba Thembekile Mandela, Makgatho Mandela, and Makaziwe Mandela. The duo’s 2nd child died only after 9 months of her birth.
  2. Winnie Madikizela (1958-1996) – He married anti-apartheid activist and politician, Winnie Madikizela, in 1958 and they had 2 daughters named Zenani (b. 1958) and Zindziwa (b. 1960). The marriage ended in a divorce.
  3. Graça Machel (1998-2013) – Nelson Mandela was married to the Mozambican politician and humanitarian, Graça Machel, from 1998 until his death in 2013.

Race / Ethnicity

Black

Nelson Mandela had Thembu (Xhosa) South African ancestry.

Hair Color

Gray

Eye Color

Dark Brown

Sexual Orientation

Straight

Distinctive Features

  • Often wore colorful batik shirts
  • Impactful personality

Religion

Methodism

Nelson Mandela in Johannesburg, Gauteng on May 13, 2008
Nelson Mandela in Johannesburg, Gauteng on May 13, 2008 (South Africa The Good News / Flickr / CC BY 2.0)

Nelson Mandela Facts

  1. Due to his rigorous revolutionary activities, he spent a generous amount of time in jails.
  2. Nelson Mandela became the 2nd person who was granted honorary Canadian citizenship and was also appointed Honorary Companion of the Order of Canada by the Governor General of Canada on behalf of the Queen of Canada on September 24, 1998.
  3. In 2003, he spoke against the United States and the United Kingdom as they planned to launch a war against Iraq and said, “All that (Mr. Bush) wants is Iraqi oil”.
  4. Amongst the many awards and recognitions that he received for his tireless efforts to uplift the marginalized, some of them include Nobel Peace Prize (1993), Bharat Ratna (1990), Lenin Peace Prize (1990), and International Gandhi Peace Prize (2001).
  5. Nelson Mandela once said, “Nonviolence is a good policy when the conditions permit.”

Featured Image by Library of the London School of Economics and Political Science / Flickr / Public Domain

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