Remembering the life of Madiba

Remembering the life of Madiba

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Nelson “Madiba” Rolihlahla Mandela was born on the 18 July 1918, to the Thembu Royal Family in Umtatu, in South Africa’s Cape Province, his forename, Rolihlahla, meaning troublemaker in Xhosa. His father was a local chief, and his early life was very much filled with old customs and rituals in his mother’s village, where, as a young boy, he herded cattle. Although both his parents were illiterate, his mother was a devoted Methodist and sent him to school under the guardianship of a fellow chief.  He followed his religion with great vigour and studied African History, Geography, English and Xhosa. He

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