Nelson Mandela

1918 - 2013

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Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela (born Rolihlahla Mandela ; Xhosa: [xolíɬaɬa mandɛ̂ːla]; 18 July 1918 – 5 December 2013) was a South African anti-apartheid revolutionary, political leader and philanthropist who served as the first president of South Africa from 1994 to 1999. He was the country's first black head of state and the first elected in a fully representative democratic election. His government focused on dismantling the legacy of apartheid by tackling institutionalised racism and fostering racial reconciliation. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Nelson Mandela has received more than 26,642,986 page views. His biography is available in 210 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 207 in 2019). Nelson Mandela is the 2nd most popular social activist, the most popular biography from South Africa and the most popular South African Social Activist.

Nelson Mandela is most famous for his role in the anti-apartheid movement in South Africa. He spent 27 years in prison for his activism and was released in 1990.

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Among social activists, Nelson Mandela ranks 2 out of 544Before him are Che Guevara. After him are Mahatma Gandhi, Malcolm X, Rosa Luxemburg, Jan Hus, Mother Teresa, Eleanor Roosevelt, Henry Dunant, Martin Luther King Jr., Helen Keller, and Guy Fawkes.

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Among people born in 1918, Nelson Mandela ranks 1After him are Nicolae Ceaușescu, Ingmar Bergman, Gamal Abdel Nasser, Anwar Sadat, Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn, Richard Feynman, Robert Wadlow, Kurt Waldheim, Louis Althusser, Leonard Bernstein, and Rita Hayworth. Among people deceased in 2013, Nelson Mandela ranks 1After him are Margaret Thatcher, Mikhail Kalashnikov, Doris Lessing, Võ Nguyên Giáp, Hugo Chávez, Fawzia Fuad of Egypt, Peter O'Toole, Paul Walker, Joan Fontaine, Jorge Rafael Videla, and Frederick Sanger.

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In South Africa

Among people born in South Africa, Nelson Mandela ranks 1 out of 312After him are J. R. R. Tolkien (1892), J. M. Coetzee (1940), Sarah Baartman (1788), Shaka (1787), Nadine Gordimer (1923), Behati Prinsloo (1988), Elon Musk (1971), F. W. de Klerk (1936), Christiaan Barnard (1922), Desmond Tutu (1931), and Miriam Makeba (1932).

Among SOCIAL ACTIVISTS In South Africa

Among social activists born in South Africa, Nelson Mandela ranks 1After him are Steve Biko (1946), Eugène Terre'Blanche (1941), Devdas Gandhi (1900), Denis Goldberg (1933), Bram Fischer (1908), Frances Ames (1920), and Albertina Sisulu (1918).