- Rolihlahla Mandela was not given the name Nelson by his parents or any relative
- This was a name given to him by people who were unwilling to learn to pronounce African names
- Our greatest leader has earned several honorable titles which reflect his loving and caring character
When he was born he was named Rolihlahla Mandela by his loving parents, a name that his family would know him by. As he grew up he attended school.
It was on his first day at school that the world was first introduced to Nelson Mandela. It was his teacher that gave him the name, not out of any great historical significance. It was because the English teachers couldn't pronounce Africa names.
Briefly.co.za learned that as he grew into a young man he acquired another name. At 16 he was given the title Dalibhunga which means "creator or founder of the council". This was bestowed upon Rolihlahla during a traditional rites passage ceremony according to cbn.co.za.
Today our former president, our leader and father of the New South Africa is affectionately known as Madiba, a warm comforting name which fits the character of a man who knew true forgiveness.
Madiba is the name of the Thembu clan to which he belongs, he was adopted at the age of nine by the Thembu regent.
He has two more names Tata or Khulu. These are Xhosa words which mean father or grandfather. Titles of honour and respect for a man who changed the fate of a nation and who was born 100-years-ago.
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