Thursday, 12 December 2013

by Maj Seda

Nelson Mandela Sculpture

Nelson Mandela


Nelson Mandela needs no introduction. A very terse bio:

Nelson Mandela was born on July 18, 1918, in Mveso, Transkei, South Africa. Becoming actively involved in the anti-apartheid movement in his 20s, Mandela joined the African National Congress in 1942. For 20 years, he directed a campaign of peaceful, non-violent defiance against the South African government and its racist policies.

Nelson Mandela was incarcerated on Robben Island for 18 of his 27 years in prison. During this time, he contracted tuberculosis and, as a black political prisoner, received the lowest level of treatment from prison workers. However, while incarcerated, Mandela was able to earn a Bachelor of Law degree through a University of London correspondence program.

It wasn't until Botha suffered a stroke and was replaced by Frederik Willem de Klerk that Mandela's release was finally announced—on February 11, 1990. De Klerk also unbanned the ANC, removed restrictions on political groups and suspended executions.

In 1991, Mandela was elected president of the African National Congress, with lifelong friend and colleague Oliver Tambo serving as national chairperson.

In 1993, Mandela and President de Klerk were jointly awarded the Nobel Peace Prize for their work toward dismantling apartheid. And due in no small part to their work, negotiations between black and white South Africans prevailed: On April 27, 1994, South Africa held its first democratic elections. Nelson Mandela was inaugurated as the country's first black president on May 10, 1994, at the age of 77, with de Klerk as his first deputy.

By the 1999 general election, Nelson Mandela had retired from active politics. Mandela was diagnosed and treated for prostate cancer in 2001. In June 2004, at the age of 85, he announced his formal retirement from public life and returned to his native village of Qunu.

On December 5, 2013, at the age of 95, Nelson Mandela died at his home in Johannesburg, South Africa.

Maj Seda's Details.

Maj Seda Richmond, Surrey - United Kingdom Maj Seda - Fine Artist Maj Seda - Fine Artist Member Since: 05/30/2012 Add to Watch List Send Private Message Join E-Mail ListVisit WebsiteContact I live in Richmond, Surrey, UK, with extensive experience in system design and training as well as interior and food photography (published magazines and online sites). I also shoot products (jewellery published catalogues) and events (published sites) from time to time or when it comes my way and have time to do it.

However, I enjoy landscape and nature as hobby more than anything else when I get a chance. I have also been involved and appeared, in the past decades, in many films, dramas, documentaries, modelling, commercials and was fortunate enough to have been working along many A listers. But the enjoyment still is with photography.

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