Mandela was born on 18 July 1918 in the village of Mvezo in Umtata.
When Mandela was nine years old, he was adopted by his father’s friend.
Mandela studied law and opened South Africa’s first black law firm.
Mandela joined the African National Congress (ANC) to fight against apartheid.
The government called him a terrorist and jailed him, in 1962. He spent 27 years in prison.
Finally, Mandela was released from prison in 1990. His work paid off when all races were allowed to vote in the 1994 election for the first time.
He won the election and became the first black President of South Africa.
In 2001, he was diagnosed with prostate cancer.
He underwent seven weeks of radiation treatment for microscopic cancer in his prostate.
He did not have to have surgery or chemotherapy, however, did receive hormonal treatment.
The following year he was given a clean bill of health against the disease.
Mandela has received over 695 awards. This is the maximum number of awards anyone has ever got.
If he can do it, you can too.
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