In honour of a great man,I decided to share 20 facts about Mandela for those who had never heard of him until his death and for those who don’t know much about him and what he did for his people.
1. He was born in July 18 1918 in the
Eastern Cape of South Africa.
2. He was named Rolihlahla Dalibhunga by his parents and was given his English name, Nelson, by a teacher at his school.
3.When Mandela was 9 years old, his father died of lung disease, causing his life to change dramatically.
3. He is also fondly called Madiba.
4. Nelson Mandela was an activist against Apartheid, and he was the leader of the armed wing of the African National Congress.
>>> (South Africans can be racially classified into one of three categories: white, black , or colored (of mixed decent). Apartheid was territorial separation of whites from blacks and police repression on blacks and non-whites in South Africa (Apartheid is similar to Racism).
The penalties imposed on political protest,even non- violent protest, were severe. Nelson Mandela Mandela however risked his life for what he believed in.
5. Nelson Mandela was the first South African President who was elected in a completely democratic election.
6. He was elected at the age of 77
7. Nelson Mandela was a Lawyer and he set up South Africa’s first black law firm with Oliver Tambo.
8. Nelson Mandela spent twenty-seven (27) years in prison because of his Activism against Apartheid. While in jail contracted tuberculosis.
9.During his 27-year jail term, he stayed in cell number 46664.
10.The Apartheid government offered to release Mandela at least six times but he rejected the offer each time.
On one such occasion Mandela released a statement saying: ‘I cherish my own freedom dearly, but I care even more for your freedom … What freedom am I being offered while the organisation of the people [the ANC] remains banned?‘
11.Nelson Mandela won the Nobel prize in 1993.
12.The United Nations declared his birthday, July 18, Nelson Mandela International Day. This was the first time the UN dedicated a particular day to a person.
13. In 1994 he published his autobiography ‘long walk to freedom’ which he secretly wrote while in prison. The Autobiography just been made into an Hollywood Movie starring Eedris Elba and Naomie Harris.
14. Nelson Mandela’s favorite breakfast is plain porridge, with fresh fruit and fresh milk.
15. Nelson Mandela has honorary degrees from more than 50 universities all over the World.
16. Besides campaigning globally for peace, Mandela focus increased on
empowering disadvantaged children and fighting against HIV/Aids.
17. He was diagnosed of prostate cancer in 2001.
18. In June 2004 aged 85, Mandela officially retired from public life. His parting gift – a R1-billion endowment to South Africa, to be raised by the three
charitable organisations that bear his name: the Nelson Mandela Foundation, the Nelson Mandela Children’s Fund and the Nelson Mandela Rhodes Foundation.
19. A nuclear particle(the ‘Mandela particle’), a prehistoric woodpecker (Australopicus nelsonmandelai) and an orchid (Paravanda Nelson Mandela) have all been named after him.
20. He was an honorary citizen of Canada, an honorary member of the British Labour Party, and an honorary member of Manchester United Football Club.
He was truly a great man. He was Africa’s pride and joy. R.I.P Nelson Mandela. We Love you.
Nicole Scherzinger out and about. Now what I like her is the blazer. It by All saint sleel.
Naomi Campell is wearing Zac Posen and is in Australia promoting her show “the face”.
Toke Makinwa at the Johnny Walker VIP event in Lagos,Nigeria.
Naomie Harris is at the Royal Screening of the Mandela Long Walk to Freedom wearing a gown by Alexander McQueen.
Jessica Biel is wearing a black Giambattista Valli black crop top and skirt at the premier of her new Movie the truth about Emanuel .
Sandra Bullock looks so pretty in this dress by Carolina Herrera for Gravity Premier in Tokyo.
Supermodel Bar Rafaeli is wearing Michael Kors at new Michael Kors store opening in Milan, Italy.
I really loved this Jumpsuit by Lover that Hayden Panettiere wore to the CMT Artist of the year Award. The lace detail at the top is lovely and the fit is perfect for her.
Gabrielle Union is wearing Prada and is at the 2013 Alvin Ailey American Dance Theaters Opening Night and Benefit Gala. The only reason this dress is on my list is because Gabrielle Union is wearing it.
Rita Ora is at the British Fashion Awards,wearing Vivienne Westwood.
Singer Alicia Keys looks Amazing in this Yellow Stella McCartney gown.
And last but not least,everyone’s favourite princess Kate Middleton
She was also at the Royal Screening of the Mandela Long Walk to Freedom. She is wearing Roland Mouret. I really like the way she is styled here,with the clutch and Necklace,but I prefer the way she was styled the last time she wore this dress.
What do u think about my choices this week?
Its with great sadness that I report to you that former South African President Nelson Mandela,is dead. He died today December 5th at his home in Johannesburg South Africa. He was 95.
Nelson Mandela is survived by his wife,
Graca Machel, his former wife, Winnie
Madikizela-Mandela and three daughters Pumla Makaziwe, Zenani and Zindziswa Mandela,17 grandchildren and 14 great-grandchildren..
R.I.P Nelson Mandela,your legacy lives on. May his soul rest in peace, Amen.
Zoe Saldana is on the cover of Flare Magazine’s January 2014 issue wearing a Jean Paul Gaultier trench, Salvatore Ferragamo top, Jason Wu skirt,and Brian Atwood shoes. Photography is by James White.
Excerpts from her interview in the Magazine:
On the power of women today:
“Women aren’t wimpy. They don’t complain all the time. They can
open up jars! They can fucking save the day! They can support their whole family. They can support their men. Half of my friends make more money than their male partners.”
On life lessons:
“You have to learn from your
experiences. I’ve been in compromising
circumstances, and I wish I’d had the strength that I have now because I would have protected myself better. I would have stood up for myself
better. Women are challenged every day and are sometimes encouraged to objectify themselves and it hurts.”
On not caring what anyone says about her:
“There’s nothing anybody can say or think about me that I will give a shit about. Honestly.”
On her secret soft side:
“It’s so funny: the characters I played in ‘Columbiana’ and ‘Avatar’, on the surface, there’s what appears to be
strength, but it’s sugar-coating an immense vulnerability. I am tough, but I’m also a very vulnerable person. I trust everyone. For many years I thought, I need to stop being this way, but no, I just need to learn from it.”
On the challenge of male-dominated sets:
“You’d see all the boys together, and they’re discussing the scene and what’s going to happen. You just go, ‘yeah, but…’ and they say, ‘oh, but we already discussed that’”.
On her no-regrets policy about ‘Nina’:
“At the end of the day, no matter how the movie is received, I’m not going to regret anything.”
I and fans of the Fast and furious franchise are still in shock and very sad about the news on the death of Paul Walker. He died yesterday on his way to a charity event when the car he was in crashed and exploded. He was 40. Police are still investigating the cause of his death.
R.I.P. Paul Walker We will miss you.
I guess I have neglected the photography for far too long. It’s been a long time(I mean a very very long time) I posted any thing for the photography category. I apologise.
Take a look at this beautiful photograph that was taken underneath a Breaking wave off the
Coast of Hawaii.
Photo credit – theamazingpics.com
Now that photo made remember this photo“Honolua Bay, Maui”,taken by Erik Aeder in 1985.
“Honolua Bay, Maui” (1985), by Erik Aeder.
David and Victoria are on double covers of the December issue of Vogue Paris together.
Victoria Beckham was asked to be the guest editor of the December (Christmas) issue of Vogue Paris this year and she also appears on double covers with her husband David Beckham .
This year will make it 14years since they have been married. The photos were taken by Inez Van Lamsweerde and Vinoodh Matadin .
Emily Rossum in this black sequin jumpsuit by Naeem Khan
Taylor Swift at the Winter white gala in Reem Acra
Toke Makinwa at the Eloy Awards
Camilla Belle at the Coach Event in Shoshanna Marlee
Emma Nyra at Ice prince Album Launch
Beverly Osu at the 13th Channel O Anniversary.
Chanel Iman is at the Mandela long work to freedom Screening wearing J.Mendel .