He was perhaps a symbol of global peacemaking. He won the Nobel Peace Prize in 1993. Named Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela, and born in July, 1918, he lived till 2013. He was an anti-apartheid activist, politician and philanthropist. An interesting fact is that Mandela's African name "Rolihlahla" means "troublemaker."
Giving a speech
As a child, his family lived in huts and ate a local harvest of maize, sorghum, pumpkin and beans, which was all they could afford. Their water came from springs and streams and cooking was always done outside. His toys included ones he made from the natural materials available, including tree branches and clay.
As an adult, he became involved in the anti-apartheid movement in his 20's and joined the African National Congress in 1942. He directed a peaceful and non-violent movement against the South African government for many years. He was forced to live apart from his family, moving from place to place to evade detection by the Government informers and police spies.
He also had to don many different disguises and he would sometimes dress as a labourer or as a chauffeur. These escapades and his successful evasion of the police for a time earned him the title of the "Black Pimpernel". He was, however, jailed in 1962, and spent some 27 years in prison for political offences.
Released on 11th February 1990, Mandela began his life's work, striving to attain the goals he and others had set out almost four decades earlier.
At City Hall a year after his release from prison
Mandela was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize, along with South African President, F.W. de Klerk, for their attempts to dismantle the country's apartheid system.
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Nelson Mandela will be honoured for generations to come, for his civil rights activist's efforts worldwide. And now the Nelson Mandela Foundation are bringing Mandela, My Life - Official Exhibition to Melbourne!
The world premiere will be on 22nd September 2018. It will be held at the Touring Hall, Melbourne Museum, 11 Nicholson Street, Carlton. Times for the exhibition are approximate and subject to change at any time - Monday to Sunday, 10.00 am with last entry at 4.00 pm.
Mandela My Life: The Exhibition is a new world class exhibition on Nelson Mandela's extraordinary life. It is curated from the extensive collections of the Nelson Mandela Foundation in Johannesburg.
Now a hundred years on from his birth, this exhibition explores the personal and public life of Nelson Mandela. He was one of the most influential men in modern day history.
At this exhibition, there will be a rich selection of rare personal artefacts, film footage and documents. As well as all this, there will be newly created audio-visual pieces which form the base of the exhibition. This offers an insight into the world that played such a large part of Nelson Mandela's life and journey.
Many of the objects will be on display outside of South Africa for the very first time. This official Mandela Exhibition will commemorate, spotlight and most importantly, share Nelson Mandela's "living legacy with the world".
Nelson Mandela's mantra in life was "Free yourself. Free others. Serve every day".
Nelson Mandela followed these three rules throughout his life. He did these with great personal sacrifice and these mantras were not just his mantra, but also his way of life!
At this exhibition you can "Live his journey".
Tickets cost from $17.90 to $32, and you can get yours here.
After it's opening in Melbourne, Mandela My Life: The Exhibition will visit up to 20 international cities! It is expected that it will be seen by approximately 2.7 million visitors over the next five years.