Nelson Mandela was born on July 18TH, 1918 in the Transkei region of South Africa

Nelson was the youngest son in a family of four boys and nine girls and he was born with the name Rolihlahla which translated as Troblemaker. However his birth name was changed to Nelson on his first day of school.

When Nelson was nine years old his father died. To continue his schooling, Nelson was sent mile away to live with a powerful chief named Jongilaba. During his time with the chief, Nelson began to learn about South Africa tribal history, politics and diplomacy.

Nelson was a politic activist who led movements against the apartheid. After a long fight and 27 years of prison he presided over the first government that stopped the racist regime.

Esther, 6th grade