Nelson Mandela; The Change Maker

by Cynthia_pare on April 18, 2016 - 5:29pm

As a black African he is a well known character for his fight against racism. He even received a Nobel prize in 1993 for his great implication in the reform. He started off his career as a lawyer legalising the black practice in the domain in his country. He did his studies in Johannesburg. This man of power considers education as one of the most powerful weapon. He was born in Umtata as the son of the chief's tribute. He was part of the African National Congress (ANC ) from 1944 to until it was banned in 1960. His goal was to put an end to the separation between the blacks and whites for an equal world. Putting as much pressure on the government caused his lost of freedom. They saw him as a traitor! He was sentenced to a lifetime imprisonment. Black people had faith in him, because he resisted to the authority and he was ready for anything for the cause. He sacrificed his liberty to fight against the apartheid, so they were no reason to do not believe in him. Nelson Mandela was a noble-hearted man! He rapidly become an international figure, which put a lot of pressure on his releasement. In February 1990, he was freed.  The ANC was no more banned, so in 1991 Mandela became the president. The year that followed his obtention of his prestigious Nobel Prize he became the very first black president in South-Africa. His last mandate was in 1999, but he still remained active until 2004, when he officially was a retired man. He received many other prizes than the Nobel Prize such as the Order of Merit (1995), the Order of St John (1999) in the UK and the Presidential Medal of Freedom in the USA (2002). He also wrote one book about his life named: “No Easy Walk to Freedom”. This man of honour accomplished a lot in his life and died old, at 95 in 2013. He brought a lot to his country and was very involved through all his lifetime. Africa would not be the same without this one and only Nelson Mandela. He not only had a major impact on this area of the world, but by being an international figure and a model of egality he was a symbol worldwidely. He contributed in the field of racism wherever it is. His key strategy to his big success was to not abandon and to put a lot of pressure on the government. He sacrificed a lot to be the individual he was. He not only lost his freedom for a part of his life, but also the people he loved like his family. However, it was worth, even in prison he was an influential man. As the title of the assignment is named this man was a change maker in all the positive ways.

My thematic and issue I am facing is to find a way for the best integration possible for all immigrants, so obviously Nelson Mandela contributed into this field area. He opted for an equal world whatever you looked like and this is exactly the goal of organisations that welcome immigrants. This guy that had an anti-apartheid philosophy wanted to stop the discrimination and separation between different skin colors. This is all hosting newcomers is about for an effective adaptation. For instance, the eventual goal of being a hoster to a Syrian in Quebec is to do not see any distinction between a Syrian and a Quebecois. Obviously, physically they are very different, but is it really supposed to matter? An immigrant should walk around freely without being judged or without feeling threatened, even with his different skin color, religion, clothes, etc. An accommodative country would do so, just like Nelson Mandela. A non accommodative country would tag their newcomers and this is what Nelson Mandela was fighting against. Everyone want to be treated equally wherever they are and this is the issue I am looking at for a better integration.


Work cited

"Mandela, Nelson Rolihlahla." Chambers Biographical Dictionary. Liam Rodger and Joan Bakewell. London: Chambers Harrap, 2011. Credo Reference. Web. 18 Apr. 2016.


"Mandela, Nelson." Encyclopedia of Nationalism: Leaders, Movements, and Concepts. Ed. Alexander J. Motyl. Oxford: Elsevier Science & Technology, 2000. Credo Reference. Web. 18 Apr. 2016.