Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela 1918 – 2013
I knew that we shared the same birthday and that he referred to Detroit as “Motortown”, but I had no idea he was also known by the name; Madiba. If you are as clueless as I was, the below will be a “you learn something new everyday” moment. Rest Dangerously, Mandela. Thank you.
Mandela was a controversial figure for much of his life. Right-wing critics denounced him as a terrorist and communist sympathizer. He nevertheless gained international acclaim for his anti-colonial and anti-apartheid stance, having received more than 250 honors, including the 1993 Nobel Peace Prize, the US Presidential Medal of Freedom, and the Soviet Order of Lenin. He is held in deep respect within South Africa, where he is often referred to by his Xhosa clan name, Madiba, or as Tata (“Father”); he is often described as “the father of the nation”. Mandela died following a long illness on 5 December 2013 at his home in Johannesburg.