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Nelson Mandela International Day: 10 life lessons from the great leader

Nelson Mandela International Day (or Mandela Day) is celebrated every year on July 18, to honour the former Nobel Prize winner, who was also South Africa’s first black president (1994-1999).

art and culture Updated: Jul 18, 2017 08:46 IST
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After he retired from politics, Mandela continued to advocate for peace and understanding, many a time through the Nelson Mandela Foundation, founded in 1999.
After he retired from politics, Mandela continued to advocate for peace and understanding, many a time through the Nelson Mandela Foundation, founded in 1999.(Shutterstock)

Nelson Mandela International Day (or Mandela Day) is celebrated every year on July 18, to honour the former Nobel Prize winner. The United Nations officially declared this day in November 2009.

Mandela (July 18, 1918- December 5, 2013) was South Africa’s first black president (1994-1999). Mandela spent 27 years in three different prisons and was an anti-Apartheid icon who led a memorable life. His negotiations in the early 1990s with South African President F.W. de Klerk led to the end of the country’s apartheid system of racial segregation. For their efforts, both of them jointly received the Nobel Prize for Peace in 1993.

After he retired from politics, Mandela continued to advocate for peace and understanding, many a time through the Nelson Mandela Foundation, founded in 1999.

Though he is no longer with us, his wise words remain etched in our memory forever. Here are 10 pearls of wisdom that Mandela left us with:

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