Nelson Mandela is a famous world figure because of his contribution to his country in South Africa. Â Being South Africa’s first president from a truly democratic election, Nelson Mandela has become a living icon of justice, peace, and equality not only in South Africa but all throughout the world. Â During his time, he pushed for true democracy for all people in South Africa whether one belonged to the white race or the black race. Â Because of his actions, many people admire him including leaders of various nations around the globe.
But aside from becoming the first president of South Africa after a fully democratic election, Nelson Mandela is already a famous figure even before he led his own country. Â What propelled him to being a famous leader is his experience as an activist in his own country. Â His political life started when he was young and became part of anti-apartheid activist group in South Africa. Â This group was like a boycott organization and targeted against the existing racial segregation in the country. Â Under the apartheid system, those belonging to the white race had basically supreme rights over the black people. Â This system went on for several decades after the Second World War but, as the years went on, more and more people including Nelson Mandela objected to it. Â With Mandela’s strong participation in anti-apartheid demonstrations, he was imprisoned for 27 years.
But Mandela’s popularity didn’t wane even after he was released from prison back in 1990. Â In fact, he became the nation’s symbol of hope and democracy which propelled him to win the presidency in the country’s first truly democratic election in 1994. Â With his hardships that ended in attaining true democracy in South Africa, Nelson Mandela is not only a famous person but is also a highly-respected figure in the whole world.