Nelson Mandela – Reading a Portrait -

  Today, we’re going to browse the life/portrait of Nelson Mandela with the help of wikipaedia!

Mandela’s father (with crossed bones on his head), Gadla Henry Mphakanyiswa, served as chief of the town of Mvezo. His given name Rolihlahla means “to pull a branch of a tree”(the saw), or more colloquially, “troublemaker”.


At nineteen, he took an interest in boxing and running at the school.



After the 1948 election victory of the Afrikaner-dominated National Party, which supported the apartheid policy of racial segregation. (Slavery)



While working at Witkin, Sidelsky and Edelman, Mandela completed his B.A. degree (diplom in his hand) at the University of South Africa (above his head) via correspondence, after which he began law studies at the University of Witwatersrand


Mandela and fellow lawyer Oliver Tambo operated the law firm of Mandela and Tambo, providing free or low-cost legal counsel to many blacks who lacked attorney representation (The plea, the Bar, Judge handling the hammer).


Following his release from prison, Mandela returned to the leadership (speaking in front of the crowd) of the ANC and, between 1990 and 1994, led the party in the multi-party negotiations that led to the country’s first multi-racial elections.


On 5 August 1962 Mandela was arrested after living on the run for seventeen months, and was imprisoned in the Johannesburg Fort. (Handcuffed by ploicemen and the paddywagon)



Mandela was imprisoned on Robben Island where he remained for the next eighteen of his twenty-seven years in prison.(his 46664 jail number, working in a quarry).



South Africa’s first multi-racial elections in which full enfranchisement was granted were held on 27 April 1994. The ANC won 62% of the votes in the election, and Mandela (being pictured by journalist), as leader of the ANC, was inaugurated on 10 May 1994 as the country’s first black President


May 1994 until June 1999, Mandela presided over the transition from minority rule and apartheid, winning international respect for his advocacy of national and international reconciliation. (black and white arm in arm and the dove of peace)


Rainbow Nation is a term coined by Archbishop Desmond Tutu to describe post-apartheid South Africa, after South Africa’s first fully democratic election in 1994. (the rainbow).



Since his retirement, one of Mandela’s primary commitments has been to the fight against AIDS.(the star shaped virus). combating poverty and inequality in South Africa. (the note and the gold bag)



Mandela Day on his birthday, 18 July, is an annual international day adopted by the United Nations (the birthday cake), Meeting bono (with glasses) from U2 as well…



So here are the main stories of the portrait, there may have some extra like cap town, the south Africa flag, the nobel prize, etc… here is a larger version of the portrait :



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