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Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela (; Xhosa: [xoliɬaˈɬa manˈdɛla]; 18 July 1918 – 5 December 2013) was a South African anti-apartheid revolutionary, political leader, and philanthropist who served as President of South Africa from 1994 to 1999. He was the country's first black head of state and the first elected in a fully representative democratic election. His government focused on dismantling the legacy of apartheid by tackling institutionalised racism and fostering racial reconciliation. Ideologically an African nationalist and socialist, he served as President of the African National Congress (ANC) party from 1991 to 1997. A Xhosa, Mandela was born to the Thembu royal family in Mvezo, British South Africa. He studied law at the University of Fort Hare and the Uni… more »


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It falls upon a generation
To be great
I ask all humanity now
To rise up
Then we can all stand
With our heads
Held high

To rise up
To rise up
To rise up

You have a limited time
To stay
On earth
You must try and use that period
For the purpose
Of transforming your country
Into what you desire it to be
A democratic, non-racial, non-sexist country
And that is a great task

To rise up
To rise up
To rise up
To rise up

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