Nelson Mandela never doubted that he was the equal of any man. He was an anti-apartheid revolutionary, politician and philanthropist. Nelson Mandela began a degree in Bachelor of Arts at the University College of Fort Hare but never completed his degree because he was expelled for joining a student protest. He became involved in anti-colonial politics before joining the ANC and becoming a founding member of its Youth League. In 1962, he was arrested, convicted of conspiracy to overthrow the state, and sentenced to life imprisonment. Mandela served 27 years in prison and was released in 1990, during a time of escalating civil unrest. Mandela joined negotiations with President F.W. de Klerk to abolish apartheid and establish multiracial elections. In 1994, he led the ANC to victory and became South Africa’s first black president. He gained international acclaim for his activism, having received more than 250 honours, including the 1993 Nobel Peace Prize.
“If you want to make peace with your enemy, you have to work with your enemy. Then he becomes your partner”