Essay about Nelson Mandela by Mohamed Konneh

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By :mohamed konneh Nelson Mandela was a very courageous African American leader, who believed in fighting for the rights of his people. Through all he has been through he stood tall and kept on fight for his people. Nelson Mandel was a natural born leader. He was originally named Rolihlahla Mandela. He was born in Transkei, South Africa on July 18, 1918. At an early age, young Rolihlahla Mandela had the responsibility of taking care of his family and made sure that things were going right, for his family, injustice that society bestowed onto his people (Meredith 1-12). Mandela attended the University if Fort Hare, and there he was also elected onto the students representative Council and qualified in law in 1942 (Renganathan). Later on he was expelled from the college for helping to organize a strike against the white Colonial rule of the institution (Renganathan). Throughout Nelson Mandela’s life he experienced the mistreatment that society did against his people. So with this in his mind he decided to join the African National Congress in 1942 (Renganathan). Nelson played a huge role in becoming (ANC). Nelson and the other fellow members of the {ANC} were making great goals towards justice and equal and liberal rights when Mandela was imprisoned for 6 months on the conviction of contravening the Suppression of the Communist Act. While in incarceration Mandela started a practiced in Johannesburg (Richard 28-34).

From 1948 Apartheid became a law in South Africa, even though it was considered to be a violation of the International Law. Apartheid grew to be known system that discriminated against black South Africans. People like Nelson Mandela and a friend of his named Ahmed Kathrada fought hard against this discrimination (Renganathan). Around 1955 Mandela’s attention went off to the struggles of his people which involved exploitation of labor, pass laws, and the nascent Bantustent policy, and the segregation of open universities. The people of South Africa were segregated into categories depending on their race. In 1958 black people were deprived of their citizenship due to the apartheid. They were separated buses, schools, shops, and hospitals for the blacks and colored people (Otfinoski).

So with the result of that few years later Nelson Mandela was convicted for committing sabotage against South Africa’s apartheid government, encouraging black South Africans to go on strike and for illegally leaving South Africa. He was held in a solitary confinement for ninety days and could not have any access to his lawyers, so as of that later on he was found guilty and sentenced to life in prison. In 1964 Nelson Mandela arrived at Robben Island where he was to be imprisoned. While Mandela was in prison he was offered freedom, but only if he would stop he violent actions against South Africa’s apartheid government, but he refused it. During Nelson Mandela’s jail time he had secret talks with South Africans President, P.W. Botha, and his successor, F.W de Klerk. As a result he became…