Awards & Winners

Nelson Mandela

Date of Birth 18-July-1918
Place of Birth Mvezo
(South Africa)
Nationality South Africa
Also know as Rolihlahla Mandela, Rolihlahla Dalibhunga Mandela, Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela, Madiba, Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela, Madiba, Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela, 納爾遜·羅利拉拉·曼德拉, tata, His Excellency, Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela, Rolihlahla Mandela, Madiba, نيلسون روليهلالا مانديلا, ماديبا, Mandela, Nelson, Mandela, Nelson Rolihlahla, Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela, Madiba, Rolihlahla Mandela, Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela, Madiba, Tata, Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela, Madiba, Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela, नेल्सन मन्डेला, Mandela, The father of the Nation, Madiba, נלסון רוליהלאלה מנדלה, רוליהלאלה מנדלה, רוליהלאלה דליבהונגה מנדלה, מאדיבה, טטה, מנדלה, Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela, Madiba, El pare de la nació
Profession Lawyer, Social activist, Politician, Statesman, Peace activist, Philanthropist
  • “I learned that courage was not the absence of fear, but the triumph over it. The brave man is not he who does not feel afraid, but he who conquers that fear.”
  • “There is no passion to be found playing small - in settling for a life that is less than the one you are capable of living.”
  • “And as we let our own light shine, we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same”
  • “The greatest glory in living lies not in never falling, but in rising every time we fall.”
  • “As I have said, the first thing is to be honest with yourself. You can never have an impact on society if you have not changed yourself... Great peacemakers are all people of integrity, of honesty, but humility.”
  • “If you want to make peace with your enemy, you have to work with your enemy. Then he becomes your partner.”
  • It always seems impossible until it's done.
  • “It is better to lead from behind and to put others in front, especially when you celebrate victory when nice things occur. You take the front line when there is danger. Then people will appreciate your leadership.”
Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela was a South African anti-apartheid revolutionary, politician, and philanthropist who served as President of South Africa from 1994 to 1999. He was South Africa's first black chief executive, and the first elected in a fully representative democratic election. His government focused on dismantling the legacy of apartheid through tackling institutionalised racism, poverty and inequality, and fostering racial reconciliation. Politically an African nationalist and democratic socialist, he served as President of the African National Congress from 1991 to 1997. Internationally, Mandela was Secretary General of the Non-Aligned Movement from 1998 to 1999. A Xhosa born to the Thembu royal family, Mandela attended the Fort Hare University and the University of Witwatersrand, where he studied law. Living in Johannesburg, he became involved in anti-colonial politics, joining the ANC and becoming a founding member of its Youth League. After the South African National Party came to power in 1948, he rose to prominence in the ANC's 1952 Defiance Campaign, was appointed superintendent of the organisation's Transvaal chapter and presided over the 1955 Congress of the People. Working as a lawyer, he was repeatedly arrested for seditious activities and, with the ANC leadership, was unsuccessfully prosecuted in the Treason Trial from 1956 to 1961. Influenced by Marxism, he secretly joined the South African Communist Party and sat on its Central Committee. Although initially committed to non-violent protest, in association with the SACP he co-founded the militant Umkhonto we Sizwe in 1961, leading a sabotage campaign against the apartheid government. In 1962, he was arrested, convicted of conspiracy to overthrow the state, and sentenced to life imprisonment in the Rivonia Trial.

Awards by Nelson Mandela

Check all the awards nominated and won by Nelson Mandela.


Nominations 2011 »

Award Nominated Nominated Work
NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Literary Work - Biography / Auto-biography Conversations with Myself
Farrar, Straus and Giroux


NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Literary Work, Children's
Honored for : Nelson Mandela's Favorite African Folktales

Nominations 2003 »

Award Nominated Nominated Work
NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Literary Work, Children's Nelson Mandela's Favorite African Folktales


Nobel Peace Prize
(for their work for the peaceful termination of the apartheid regime, and for laying the foundations for a new democratic South Africa.)
Philadelphia Liberty Medal