Nelson Mandela is a renowned South African politician and activist. He joined the South African ANC Party during the 1950’s and fought against apartheid, eventually being caught and sentenced to life imprisonment. During his time in prison, the apartheid system came to an end and he was released after serving 27 years. He received the Nobel Peace Prize in 1993.
Nelson Mandela became the first democratically elected black president of South Africa in 1994. During his term he worked to end poverty and also offered more healthcare services. Though extremely popular, he chose not to run for second term and established the ‘Nelson Mandela Foundation’ to help fight poverty and the AIDS epidemic.