On July 18, 1918, Rolihlahla Mandela was born into the Madiba clan in Mvezo, Transkei. His parents were Nonqaphi Nosekeni and Nkosi Mphakanyiswa Gadla Mandela. Nkosi was the principal counsellor to the acting King of the Thembu People, Jongintaba Dalindyebo. Rolihlahlas father died when he was a child. When his father died, Rolihlahla became a ward of Jongintaba, at the Great Place, in Mquekezweni. Rolihlahla dreamed of making his own contribution to the freedom struggle of his people. Nelson Mandela Foundation.
Rolihlahla attended primary school in Qunu, where his teacher, Miss Mdingane, gave him the name Nelson. Nelson went to Clarkebury Boarding Institute and completed his Junior Certificate. After that, he attended Healdtown, a Wesleyan secondary school of some repute, where he matriculated. Nelson then began his studies for a Bachelor of Arts degree at the University College of Fort Hare. As a result of joining a student protest, he was expelled from school. This resulted in him not completing his degree. Nelson Mandela Foundation.
The King was furious with Nelson. On Nelsons return to the Great Place at Mkhekezweni, the King said he would arrange for wive’s for Nelson and his cousin, Justice, if he didn’t return to Fort Hare. In 1941, Nelson and his cousin ran away to Johannesburg instead of returning. Once there, Nelson worked for mine security officer. Nelson met Walter Sisulu, an estate agent, who introduced him to Lazar Sidelsky. Nelson Mandela began studying at the University of the Witwatersrand for LLB. He was a poor student, which resulting in him leaving the university in 1948, without graduating by his own admission. While in the last months of his imprisonment, at the University of South Africa, he obtained a LLB. At a ceremony in Cape Town, he graduated in Absentia. Nelson Mandela Foundation.
In 1944, Nelson Mandela married Walter Sisulu’s cousin, Evelyn Mase, a nurse. Madiba Thembekile ‘Thembi’ and Makgatho their sons and Makaizwe were their two daughters, the first whom died in infancy. In 1955, Mandela and hisnwife effectively separated, and in 1958, they were divorced. On...