17 Things You Didn’t Know About Nelson Mandela

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Written by Keren Mikva
Mandela in prison Jurgen Schadeberg
Mandela in prison
Jurgen Schadeberg

 Mandela’s tribal nickname is “Rolihlahla,” meaning “Troublemaker.”

Other accounts translate Rolihlalhla to mean “to pull a branch from a tree,” which, of course, is something only a troublemaker would do. It was his teacher, Miss Mdingane, who gave him the English name “Nelson,” much to the relief of journalists everywhere when he became famous.