Nelson Mandela was born in Mvezo, Transkei, South Africa on July 18, 1918. His name at birth was Rolihlahla Mandela. His mother was Nonqaphi Nosenkeni and his father, the principal counsellor to Acting King of the Thembu people, was Nkosi Mphakanyiswa Gadla Mandela. In 1930 when Rolihlahla was twelve years old, his father died and Rolihlahla became a ward of Jongintaba at the Great Place in Mqhekezweni. After hearing stories of his ancestor 's resistance to white domination, Rolihlahla dreamed of making a difference in the freedom struggle of his people. (Nelson Mandela Foundation)
In primary school, Rolihlahla 's teacher named him Nelson because of the custom of school children to have "Christian" names. Nelson then attended a Wesleyan secondary school in Healdtown. Although he was expelled for his involvement in a student protest before completing his degree, Nelson studied at the University College of Fort Hare for his Bachelor of Arts degree. Upon being expelled, the King of the Great Place threatened to arrange wives for Nelson. In 1941 he ran away to Johannesburg and worked as a mine security officer. Nelson completed his Bachelor of Arts degree through the University of South Africa ...
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