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Nelson Mandela

1918 - 2013

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Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela (; Xhosa: [xolíɬaɬa mandɛ̂ːla]; 18 July 1918 – 5 December 2013) was a South African anti-apartheid activist and politician 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 fostering racial reconciliation. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Nelson Mandela has received more than 31,687,524 page views. His biography is available in 212 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 210 in 2019). Nelson Mandela is the 3rd most popular social activist (down from 2nd in 2019), 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 3 out of 538Before him are Che Guevara and Mahatma Gandhi. After him are Malcolm X, Jan Hus, Rosa Luxemburg, Mother Teresa, Henry Dunant, Eleanor Roosevelt, Martin Luther King Jr., Helen Keller, and Johann Heinrich Pestalozzi.

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

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In South Africa

Among people born in South Africa, Nelson Mandela ranks 1 out of 374After him are J. R. R. Tolkien (1892), Elon Musk (1971), Sarah Baartman (1788), Desmond Tutu (1931), J. M. Coetzee (1940), Shaka (1787), Christiaan Barnard (1922), F. W. de Klerk (1936), Nadine Gordimer (1923), Miriam Makeba (1932), and Charlize Theron (1975).

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), Evelyn Mase (1922), Frances Ames (1920), Devdas Gandhi (1900), Denis Goldberg (1933), Beyers Naudé (1915), Bram Fischer (1908), Albertina Sisulu (1918), Kumi Naidoo (1965), and Ayakha Melithafa (2002).