- His detractors included Magret Thatcher and Ronald Reagan, who both considered him a terrorist.
- He was given the name Nelson by his schoolteacher. His birth name is Rolihlahla, which means "pulling the branch of a tree".
- Tripe (edible offal) is one of this favourite foods.
- While in prison he was allowed one visitor a year for 30 minutes. He could only send & receive one letter every six months.
- He has honorary degrees from more than 50 international universities.
- Nelson Mandela was dubbed the "Black Pimpernel" due to his ability to evade police. He variously disguised himself as a gardener, a chauffeur & a chef.
- Nelson Mandela is the oldest elected President of South Africa. He was 75 years old when he took office.
- The Cosby Show's Cliff and Claire Huxtable's grandchildren were named Nelson and Winnie in honor of Mandela and his ex-wife Winnie.
- His favourite musical artists are Händel & Tchaikovsky.
- Mandela is a minor royal. He is the great-grandson of King Ngubengcuka of the Tembu people.
15 February 2012
Video: 10 little-known Nelson Mandela facts
The people from youtube's channel "alltime10s" have searched the web and other sources and found 10 facts about former South African President Nelson Mandela you might not know. Kudos "alltime10s"!