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”.
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.
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)
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 :