Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela (18 July 1918 – 5 December 2013) was a South African anti-apartheid revolutionary, politician and philanthropist who served as President of South Africa from 1994 to 1999. He was South Africa’s first black chief executive, and the first elected in a fully representative democratic election. His government focused on dismantling the legacy of apartheid through tackling institutionalised racism, poverty and inequality, and fostering racial reconciliation. Politically an African nationalist and democratic socialist, he served as President of the African National Congress (ANC) party from 1991 to 1997. Internationally, Mandela was Secretary General of the Non-Aligned Movement from 1998 to 1999.
“As we let our own light shine, we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same.” Nelson Mandela
“A good head and a good heart are always a formidable combination.” Nelson Mandela
“Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world.” Nelson Mandela
“There is no passion to be found playing small – in settling for a life that is less than the one you are capable of living.” Nelson Mandela
“There can be no keener revelation of a society’s soul than the way in which it treats its children.” Nelson Mandela
“I was not a messiah, but an ordinary man who had become a leader because of extraordinary circumstances.” Nelson Mandela
“Resentment is like drinking poison and then hoping it will kill your enemies” Nelson Mandela