Monday, 23 March 2015

Inspirational People

Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela
This year we wrote some accounts on inspirational people. We were able to pick our own, some people did pop stars, some did soccer players, historical characters eg. PelĂ©, Taylor Swift, Lionel Messi, Gandhi, Sir Francis Drake, Stephen Hawking, etc.... I decided to go with Nelson Mandela because he showed us all no matter what race we are we should treat each other the same.   

Nelson’s childhood

Nelson Mandela was born on the 18th of July 1918 in the tiny village of Mvezo, South Africa. Nelson got his political ways from his father, he served as a councillor for several years. When Nelson was young he and his family moved to an even smaller town north from Mvezo called Qunu.  

Fun facts

  • ·      Nelson Mandela was the first president of South Africa. He was born in Johannesburg Gauteng South Africa.
  • ·         "Rolihlahla" in the Xhosa language literally means "pulling the branch of a tree," but more commonly translates as "troublemaker."

·       He was born on 18th of July 1918.
·       And he died on the 5th of December 2013 (aged 95)
·       He was arrested in 1962 for leading the ANC (African National Congress).
·       He was in jail for 27 years. He spent 20 years on Robben Islandand 7 years in Pollsmor prison.
·       He was in office for 5 years 10th of May 1994 – 14th of June 1999.
·       Nelson Mandela won the Noble Peace Prize in 1993.

(Although his name translates as troublemaker he was one of the best peacemakers ever.)

by Paul Byrne Kelly, 5th class

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