On July 18, 2017, was the Nelson Mandela International Day. Proclaimed by UNESCO on November 10, 2009, it is a day commemorating Nelson Mandela’s contribution to the liberation of his country. Madiba is a militant of anti-apartheid and first black president of South Africa. To honor this hero, AfrikMag offers you five things that you certainly did not know about Mandela:
His favorite meal:
Before the end of his life, Nelson had traveled all five continents, had dined with great leaders of the world. But you’d be surprised to know that his favorite dish was the guts.
There is a bird that bears his name:
Mandela has received honors all over the world. In 2012, scientists baptized a woodpecker of prehistory in his name. Australopicus nelsonmandelai.
It had its name on the list of terrorists monitored by the United States until 2008:
You would be surprised, but that is true. His name was removed from the list at the age of 89. The fact that his name remained on the list was a major mistake. Madiba and other ANC colleagues were initially included in the list because of their fight against apartheid.
He had opened the first black law firm in South Africa:
After studying law at the University of Witwatersrand. Madiba opened the firm in 1952. He also had 50 diplomas before his death.
He had forgotten a very precious possession in prison:
Even the most organized people can be forgotten. Nelson had forgotten his reading glasses in prison when he was to speak to the public when he left. He had to borrow a pair to deliver his speech.