Nelson Mandela Biography Essay

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Nelson Mandela was born in the village of Mvezo in Umtata, a town in Lesotho (a country near the east coast of South Africa), on July 18th 1918. He wasn’t the average African child. He was born into royalty; his royal family was known as “Thembu”. At the time, Umtata was a province of South Africa. “Given the forename Rolihlahla, a Xhosa term colloquially meaning troublemaker, [1] in later years he became known by his clan name, Madiba. [2] His patrilineal great-grandfather,” says Mandela 1994. Nelson confessed that ritual, custom, and taboo governed his childhood.
His family lived in Mvezo where there were no roads. Due to destitution they had to live off of diet consistence of foods such as maize, pumpkin, and beans. Mandela’s father was ordained to be chief and works as a tribal councilor for years, but never received the official title and fortune of chief due to a magistrate dispute.
“[Nelson] went on to become the first in his family to attend school,” says, “As was custom at the time, and probably due to the bias of the British educational system in South Africa, Mandela's teacher told him that his new first name would be Nelson.” This was when he first got his name.
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The chief of his clan took Nelson in. Nelson studied with the chief’s two children in a palace-side classroom. He had to learn to take on royal responsibilities–also like the chief’s children. then went on to explain about Mandela’s education. He learned about the how the people of Africa lived in peace together like brothers. This fellowship was then broken by the arrival of the white men who took everything for themselves, unlike the African people who share and respect the land, air, and water. From that point on everything changed and the peace had been
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