9 Fun Facts About Nelson Mandela

Ever had a heated debate on whether it was spelled Berenstain or Berenstein? Well, if you have you might’ve heard of a little something called the Mandela Effect, which derives its name from the famous Nelson Mandela. Mandela was one of the world’s most famous leaders and is well-known and respected for his part in fighting against the Apartheid in South Africa. Don’t know much about him? Well, look no further! Here are 10 fun facts about Nelson Mandela:

  1. He was the 1st person to be democratically elected as president in South Africa in 1994
  2. Mandela was also the first black person to be elected president in South Africa
  3. He was also the oldest president to assume office
  4. In 2009, the United Nations General Assembly declared July 18th (his birthday) as Mandela Day
  5. He was on the United States Terror Watch List until 2008 because he – along with others – fought against the Apartheid in South Africa
  6. Many people remember the famous leader dying while in prison while other people remember him being freed, elected as South Africa’s president, and then passing away later in 2013; this caused people to coin the term The Mandela Effect, where larges groups of people remember historical events differently, hinting at different realities & timelines crossing over
  7. He married 3 times and had at least 20 grandchildren
  8. Alongside F.W. de Klerk, he won a Nobel Prize for Peace in 1993
  9. He spent roughly 27 years in prison for conspiring to overthrow the government of South Africa
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Briana Maddox View All →

As an recent college graduate who studied media studies and anthropology in college, Briana Maddox enjoys learning about different cultures, traditions, holidays, historical figures, experiences, and opinions. With a vested interest in sharing such learning experiences, Briana created Life & Anthropology in the hopes of helping other people gain a better understanding and working knowledge of such topics.

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