Nelson Mandela was one of the most inspirational people the world has seen. The world’s most revered statesmen who led the struggle to replace the apartheid regime of South Africa with a multi-racial democracy was jailed for 27 years. He emerged in 1990 to become the country’s first black president four years later and to play a leading role in the drive for peace in other spheres of conflict. Mandela’s charisma, self-deprecating sense of humour and lack of bitterness over his harsh treatment, as well as his amazing life story, partly explain his extraordinary global appeal.
Here are some details from Mandela’s life that you might not have known.