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.
Nelson Mandela was inaugurated as South Africa's first democratically elected president on May 10, 1994 after being imprisoned for 28 years. He was a tireless advocate of democracy, equality and learning. He believed strongly in never answering racism with racism. He served one term as president until 1999. After voluntarily stepping down, he continued his work with the Nelson Mandela Children's Fund and founded the Nelson Mandela Foundation and the Mandela Rhodes Foundation. He died in Johannesburg on Dec. 5, 2013.Learn More
Nelson Mandela was released from prison because of internal and external political pressures that encouraged the South African government to end apartheid. In an effort to gain international favor and appease opposing forces within the country, President F.W. de Klerk released all prisoners of the African National Congress, including Mandela.Full Answer >
Nelson Mandela's first wife was Evelyn Ntoko Mase. Married in 1944, the couple had two sons: Madiba “Thembi” Thembekile and Makgatho Mandela. They also had two daughters, both named Makaziwe "Maki" Mandela. Their first daughter died at nine months of age, and their second daughter was named in her honor.Full Answer >
As a native African living in South Africa under apartheid, the government system of imposed segregation in which non-native white residents of South Africa were treated as fundamentally superior to black natives, Nelson Mandela's initial cause was focused on bringing about the end of apartheid and systematic racial oppression in his home country. Apartheid came to an end in the 1990s, and in 1994, Mandela was elected as the first black chief executive of South Africa in the nation's first full, democratic election. When Mandela's presidential term ended in 1999, his focus shifted from issues within his own nation to general human rights issues across the globe.Full Answer >
Nelson Mandela was the father of six children. Mandela had four children with his first wife, Evelyn Nkoto Mase, and two children with his second wife, Winnie Madikizela.Full Answer >