5 facts you (probably) didn’t know about Nelson Mandela

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Nelson Mandela, who passed away on December 5th, was a famous world leader whose story was known by millions around the planet. But there are always important details from a great man’s life that are barely known.

1- His name

Nelson Mandela’s birth name was Rolihlahla Mandela. He was baptized in the United Methodist Church and given the name Nelson by a teacher.

2- His father

His father, a counselor to the tribal chief, died when he was 9. Mandela was then adopted by the tribal chief.

3- Fled anrranged marriage

Nelson Mandela fled to Johannesburg to avoid a marriage arranged by the tribal regent.

4- Boxing

Mandela was known to excel in boxing and loved all kinds of sports, especially football.

5- AIDS

Nelson Mandela did a lot to fight AIDS in his country and in Africa. And in 2005, he announced that his own son, Makgatho Mandela, had died of AIDS.

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