Nelson Mandela was originally sentenced to 5 years for incitement and leaving the country without a passport. Mandela ended up serving 27 years after receiving a life sentence for sabotage.Know More
Mandela spent 18 years of his imprisonment on Robben Island. During his stay, he was only allowed one visitor annually for a 30-minute visit. He also contracted tuberculosis and was treated poorly because of his political beliefs.
Mandela was released from prison in February of 1990. In 1994, Mandela was elected president of South Africa. In 1993, he was a recipient of the Nobel Peace Prize. He died on December 5, 2013.Learn more about Modern History
Nelson Mandela (1918-2013) was a president of South Africa and a Nobel Peace Prize recipient. In South Africa, he is often called "Madiba," which was the name of the clan he was born into.Full Answer >
The Guardian reports that Nelson Mandela was 6 feet 4 inches tall. For the film "Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom" Idris Elba was chosen to portray Mandela partly because of his tall stature.Full Answer >
Nelson Mandela is best known as South Africa's first elected president as well as for winning the Nobel Peace Prize in 1993. Prior to this, he was actively involved in the anti-apartheid movement and was incarcerated by the South African government for 27 years.Full Answer >
Nelson Mandela was imprisoned for 27 years because he was found guilty of conspiracy and sabotage to overthrow the government of South Africa, together with other eight National African Congress Leaders. He was sentenced to life imprisonment in 1964 and was released in 1990 after serving for 27 years in jail.Full Answer >