Nelson Mandela: 8 Amazing & Astounding Facts About This Real-Life Hero You Must Read:- He was loved and admired in this whole globe, profiled in books and movies, which showered with some of the massive awards, acclamation, and accolades. But this will be awesome to know some of the amazing and lesser-known facts about this great personality Nelson Mandela on his this birthday.
Nelson Mandela: 8 Amazing & Astounding Facts About This Real-Life Hero You Must Read
#1. He lived up to his name:
Nelson Mandela was born as Rolihlahla. In his Xhosa tribe, the name is meaning and stands for the pulling the branch of a tree or troublemaker. (The name “Nelson” was given to him by his teacher when he first time arrived at his elementary school. It is still not clear why she chose that particular name to address this extraordinary kid. In the period of the 1920s, and African children were given English names so colonial masters can pronounce those names easily).
#2. He had a cameo in a Spike Lee film:
He had a big part in Spike Lee’s 1992 biopic “Malcolm X.” At the end of the film, Nelson Mandela essayed the role of a teacher reciting Malcolm X’s famous speech to a room full of Soweto school kids.
But the pacifist Mandela wouldn’t say “by any means necessary.” So Lee cut back to footage of Malcolm X to close out that memorable movie.
#3. There’s a woodpecker named after him:
From Cape Town to California, streets and some roads named after Nelson Mandela, indeed. But he’s also been the subject of some rather unusual tributes. Last year, on 2017, scientists addressed a prehistoric woodpecker after him: Australopicus nelsonmandelai.
In 1973, the physics institute at Leeds University named a nuclear particle after Nelson Mandela’s name and addressed that as the ‘Mandela particle.’
#4. He was a master of disguise:
When Mandela was escape authorities during his fight against apartheid, he disguised and PRESENTED himself in various different get-up and ways, which included even as a chauffeur. The press nicknamed him “the Black Pimpernel” because of his police evasion tactics. “I became a creature of the night. I would keep to my hideout during the day, and would emerge to do my work when it became dark,” he says in his biography, “Long Walk to Freedom.”
#5. A bloody sport intrigued him:
Alongside politics, Mandela’s other passion and obsession were on the boxing. “I did not like the violence of boxing. I was more interested in the science of it – how you move your body to protect yourself, how you use a plan to attack and retreat, and how you pace yourself through a fight,” he says in his biography.
#6. He left his day job:
At the University of Witwatersrand in Johannesburg, Nelson Mandela studied law and then he opened, in 1952, the country’s first black law firm in the very same town.
#7. He was on the U.S. terror watch list:
The name of the Nelson Mandela wasn’t abolished from the U.S. terror watch list until 2008 — at age 89. He and some other people names were mentioned in the African National Congress, because of their militant fight against apartheid.
#8. He received inspiration from a poem:
When he was locked in the prison, Mandela used to read William Ernest Henley’s “Invictus” to fellow prisoners. The poem was about the never giving up attitude, resonated with Mandela for its lines “I am the master of my fate. I am the captain of my soul.”
You can catch and see the glimpses of the same in the film with the same name starring Morgan Freeman who reprised the role of Nelson Mandela.
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