Unique Facts Behind Nelson Mandela Name : Unique Stories

Nelson Mandela
Unique Facts Behind Nelson Mandela Name : Unique Stories
Nelson Mandela is now in critical condition in the hospital. In the elderly age, 94 years, the former President of South Africa has repeatedly undergoing treatment due to his health condition, but only now his friend and his clan said, "It's time to give up the departure of Madiba ...."

There are many greatest stories of struggle Mandela. He became an inspiring figure of South Africa, even the world, because last jailed for 27 years for fighting apartheid, racial segregation in his country. And do not hold grudges when power was in his hands. 

The whole world knew him as Mandela. However, the man who is believed to be the founder of the South African democracy is known by many names in his country. Some names emerged from childhood, others reflect respect for his heroic fight against apartheid and as a black president in the country.

Here is a collection of unique names of Nelson Mandela :

1. Rolihlahla

At birth in the world, he was named Rolihlahla Mandela by his father, Henry Nkosi Mphakanyiswa Gadla. Similarly, according to the Nelson Mandela Foundation.

In one of the official South African languages​​, Xhosa, "Rolihlahla" means "draw a tree branch". Or in layman could be interpreted as a "troublemaker".

2. Nelson

The name "Nelson" first appeared when the young Mandela learned in elementary school. According to the Nelson Mandela Foundation, the name was given by his teacher, Miss Mdingane, on the first day of school in the village of Qunu. It was unclear why the teacher chose the name.

At that time, when Mandela
elementary school, was in the early 1920s, is the plural conducted to provide African children the English name of the country to be more easily pronounced in the colony. 

3. Madiba

In the South African, Mandela is often called by the name "Madiba", the name Thembu clan to which he belonged. Madiba is the name of an indigenous chief Thembu, which in the 19th century, ruled a region called the Transkei in the southeastern part of the country.

Calling Madiba is Mandela as a sign of affection and respect, according to the Nelson Mandela Foundation.

4. Tata

Regarded as the father of South African democracy, Mandela also called by the simple name "Tata" - language Xhosa for "father".

5. Khulu

Xhosa language also offers other affectionate appellation for Mandela. Namely "Khulu", a brief mention of "uBawomkhulu," which means "grandfather." This word also means "great, important, glorious," says the Nelson Mandela Foundation.

6. Dalibhunga

At age 16, Mandela, as well as Xhosa boys another, following the traditional ceremony transition to adulthood. That's when he was named Dalibhunga which means "creator or founder of the council" or "originator of dialogue".

According to the Nelson Mandela Foundation, while using it to greet Mandela name, the correct usage is "Aaah! Dalibhunga."

 What do you think? Greates name and a unique story, right?


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