1. Nelson Mandela's original name was Rolihlahla Mandela.
  2. His teacher Miss Mdingane gave him the English name 'Nelson'.
  3. He became the first member of his family to attend a school.
  4. He ran away from home to avoid an arranged marriage.
  5. Nelson's first job was as a guard at a mine but quickly terminated by his employee upon learning that he was the Regent's runaway ward.
  6. Quite unbelievable but Mandela is one of the most awarded persons in history receiving more than 250 awards.
  7. In 1993, Nelson Mandela shared the Nobel Peace Prize with F.W. de Klerk
  8. His popular statement against the US; "If there is a country that has committed unspeakable atrocities in the world, it is the United States of America. They don't care."
  9. The 1985 Oscar for the song "I Just Called to Say I Love You" by Stevie Wonder was dedicated to Nelson Mandela.
  10. Nelson Mandela has been married three times, has fathered six children, has twenty grandchildren, and a growing number of great-grandchildren.