Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela, former president of South Africa from 1994-1999 was an anti-aparthied activist, revolutionary. He was born into the Madiba clan, Transkei, on July 18, 1918, to Nonqaphi Nosekeni and Nkosi Mphakanyiswa Gadla Mandela.
Mandela is widely admired for his anti-colonial and anti-apartheid efforts, for which he served 27 years in prison. He has received over 250 awards including the 1993 Nobel Peace Prize, the U.S. Presidential Medal of Freedom and the Soviet Order of Lenin. He also set up Nelson Mandela Children’s Fund in 1995 and established Nelson Mandela Foundation and The Mandela-Rhodes Foundation.
The 94-year-old revolutionary was admitted to hospital with a recurrence of a lung infection. He spent nearly three weeks in hospital in December with a lung infection and after surgery to remove gallstones. He has also written an autobiography “Long Walk To Freedom” which was published in 1995.
All over the world, people are praying for Mandela’s health. Here are some wishes which were posted on Twitter:
Please pray for Nelson Mandela. He is in the hospital for a lung infection.— MyMyMaya? (@IgotemTrackLegs) March 28, 2013
Everyone pray for Nelson Mandela. He has a lung infection and is being hospitalized.— Young Chocolate. (@BigDaddieNae) March 28, 2013
After meeting with four African leaders Obama sends message to ailing Nelson Mandela: "We’re all deeply concerned..He’s a hero to all of us"— David Nakamura (@DavidNakamura) March 28, 2013
Nelson Mandela, hero. Pray— Clay (@Sufi_12) March 29, 2013
Long live Nelson Mandela!! #Hero— R (@RCloud_9) March 28, 2013
Nelson Mandela hospitalized for lung infection... Prayers to the South African anti-apartheid activist, revolutionary and politician hero...— ?ai?A Rai?ers (@Ooowwweee) March 28, 2013
Current President Jacob Zuma urged the nation to remain calm and has asked people across South Africa and the world to pray for him.