Born July 18, 1918 in Mvezo (District of Umtata in the Transke). Named Rolihlahla Mandela, later acquired clan name Madiba and given Christian name Nelson by his first teacher.
His father was the son of Mandela of the Ixhiba house, served like the Prime Minister of Thembuland but lost his position after a display of insubordination with the local white magistrate.
He was sent to school at 7 years old (1925) and was given the name Nelson by his teacher.
I will call you Nelson
It is fine for me
His father died of a lung disease 1927 at Mandela´s 9 years old.
The regent Jongintaba volunteered to become his guardian and his mother
we will live with my wife in Mqhekezweni, the provisional capital of Thembuland and royal residence of Jongintaba Dalindyebo
He undergoes ritual circumcision at 16 years old in 1934, to become a man and put aside childish ways.
we will give you the circumcision name, Dalibunga.
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