Nelson Mandela is former president of South Africa and an anti-apartheid activist. The 94-year-old revolutionary was admitted to hospital with a recurrence of a lung infection. He previously spent nearly three weeks in hospital in December with a lung infection and after surgery to remove gallstones.
His life is an inspiration to many and now that he is unwell, people all over the world are praying for his health. He is considered as one of the greatest leaders in the world and is widely admired for his efforts.
Though we doubt anyone questioning his importance as a legend, for those who wonder why the world reveres him so, here are a few things we should all know about him:
Fact # 01:
Nelson Mandela has received honorary degrees from more than 50 international universities worldwide and is chancellor of the University of the North.
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Unique awards of Nelson include; he was the first living person to be made an honorary Canadian citizen in 2001, the last ever Lenin Peace Prize from the Soviet Union, the Atatürk Peace Award by Turkey and others.
Fact # 03:
Nelson Mandela’s favorite breakfast is plain porridge, with fresh fruit and fresh milk. His favorite foods are the traditionally prepared meat of a freshly slaughtered sheep and the delicacy Amarhewu, a fermented corn-meal.
Fact # 04:
A bronze statue of Mandela is unveiled in Parliament Square in London. During the 2010 FIFA World Cup in South Africa, Nelson Mandela made a rare public appearance during the closing ceremony and was warmly applauded.
Fact # 05
Nelson Mandela was the first South African President who was elected in a completely democratic election.
Fact # 06
Nelson Mandela has been married three times, has fathered six children, has twenty grandchildren, and a growing number of great-grandchildren.
Fact # 07
During his years of hiding, to evade arrest, Mandela adopted different forms of disguises that earned him the title of the “Black Pimpernel”.
Fact # 08
The Nelson Mandela Foundation created Mandela Day to be held every year on his birthday. The purpose of the day is to bring awareness to community service.
Fact # 09
Mandela was as a D-group prisoner, the lowest classification, where he was allowed one visitor and one letter (often made unreadable by the prison censors) every six months. His prison term lasted 27 years.
Fact # 10
Nelson Mandela is one of the most awarded people of the world. He has received over 250 awards including the 1993 Nobel Peace Prize. He also set up Nelson Mandela Children’s Fund in 1995 and established Nelson Mandela Foundation and The Mandela-Rhodes Foundation.