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Short Paragraph/Speech on “Nelson Mandela” Complete Paragraph or Speech for Class 10, Class 12 and Graduation and other classes.

Nelson Mandela

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A very good morning to honorable judges, teachers and my friends. I am happy to stand here to give a speech today. The topic that I am going to talk about is Nelson Mandela. Nelson Mandela was a great leader who spent his entire adult life working for equality and justice in South Africa. Mandela has inspired people around the world to work non-violently for a better life. Mandela is affectionately known by his clan name “Madiba,” or by “Tata”, which means “father.” Nelson Mandela was born on January 18, 1918, in Mvezo, Transkei, in the south east of South Africa. He was the first g person in his family to attend the school (both of his parents were illiterate). Nelson did well in school and went on to graduate from college and attend law school at University of the Witwatersrand. By 1942, he was involved in political causes. He also helped in the foundation of the African National Congress Youth League (ANCYL) in 1944. In 1964, Nelson Mandela was sentenced to life in prison for fighting apartheid. After spending 27 years in prison, Mandel’

was released in 1990. Upon his release, Mandela worked to repeal apartheid and stop the growing violence in South Africa. Mandela won the Nobel Peace Prize in 1993 (he For his work, prize with with F. W. de Klerk, who was then the shared then the  President of South Africa).Nelson Mandela died on December 5, 2013, at the age of 95. He died of natural causes after a long illness. He will be remembered as one of the greatest peacemakers and statesmen of all time.

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Nelson Mandela


Africa: Black Nationalist Leader

As a leader, Nelson Mandela can be compared to radical reformers Mahatma Gandhi, Garibaldi and Lenin who waged life-long struggles for freedom and emancipation of their people. He led the struggle against apartheid — the inhuman practice of racial discrimination followed by white ruler in South Africa. And, now Mandela’s relentless crusade is coming to fruition. Seventy-three-year-old Nelson Mandela has spent 28 years of his life in the prisons of oppressive white rulers. He had to suffer a lot at the hands of these racists, but did not waver for a moment. Eventually, the Pretoria government had to release him in the autumn of 1990. The entire world hailed him as a great leader, who launched constructive revolt for the liberation of the coloured nationals in association with the African National Congress.

Nelson Mandela was born on 18 July, 1918. His father was the chief of Thembu tribe. Mandela had first-hand experience of the atrocities unleashed by the white rulers on the coloured people. He often thought of liberating his people from this pitiable condition. He came to Johannesburg at the age of 22. There, he met an active reactionary, Walter Sisulu. He started studying Law and married Ewelyn who was a nurse.

During fifties, Mandela in association with Sisulu and Oliver Tambo started an agitation against the white rule which was crushed by the Pretorian authorities. Mandela, Sisulu and other leaders were tried for treason in 1958 but were freed in 1961. He got the support of African leaders like Julius Nyrcre and Kenneth Kaunda. On 5 August, 1962, he was again arrested. Mandela married Winnie in 1958 after divorcing his first wife.Winnie had a tough time during his imprisonment. The white government of South Africa harassed her and unleashed a reign of terror on the freedom loving people of the country including many whites who also supported the cause of their black brethren.

The entire world raised a protest at the inhuman policies of the government of South Africa. The United Nations imposed economic sanctions on Pretoria and South Africa was debarred from international sports and world fora. The present South African President De Klerk saw the futility of the oppressive policies and started liberalising the policies and it is hoped that soon the coloured people will enjoy equal rights in their homeland.

Mandela has won international acclaim for his sacrifices for the cause of human rights and freedom. In 1980, he was given the Nehru Peace Prize by India. East Germany honoured him with the ‘Star of International Friendship’ and Venezuela conferred Simon Bolivar Award’ on him. He has also been honoured with `Sakharov Award’ and ‘Human Rights Award’. In 1990, India conferred its highest award ‘Bharat Ratna’ on him. Nelson Mandela has come to symbolise human struggle against racial discrimination. His efforts have paved the way for talented, meritorious and bright non-white South African athletes to participate in the 1992 Olympics. Recently they have won against India in the one-day cricket match at Calcutta’s Eden Gardens.


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  1. Al-ameen Odunusi says:

    It was helpfull but doesn’t match the name because it is a little long.

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