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Nelson Mandela


Enjoy freedom with the world’s most famous prisoner

The founder of the Rainbow Nation and a hero in his homeland and across the globe. Mandela spent 27 years in prison before going on to become president of South Africa and is a symbol of hope and of triumph against adversity. His efforts to end Apartheid won him the Nobel Prize for peace in 1993 and in 2008, he celebrated his 90th birtday with a concert in London's Hyde Park.

1918: Born in Mvezo, Eastern Cape
1952: Imprisoned for protesting against Apartheid
1955: Takes part in the Congress of the People, laying out the vision of the South African People
1956: Arrested for treason and subsequently acquitted
1961: Becomes leader of the armed wing of the African National Congress
1962: Arrested and imprisoned in Johannesburg
1964: Sentenced to life on Robben Island for planning armed action and for sabotage
1981: Receives Bachelor of Laws degree via correspondence course from University of London
1982: Transferred to Pollsmoor Maximum Security Prison in cape Town.
1990: Released by President FW de Klerk
Leads the ANC
1994: Becomes South Africa’s first black president
1999: Takes his well earned retirement
2004: Announces retirement from public life
2008: Celebrates 90th birthday concert in Hyde Park alongside some of the world's biggest music idols


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