Nelson Mandela ( 1918-2013)

“Ethiopia always has a special place in my imagination and the prospect of visiting Ethiopia attracted me more strongly than a trip to France, England, and America combined. I felt I would be visiting my own genesis, unearthing the roots of what made me an African. “


Nelson Mandela spent time in Ethiopia in early 1960s where he received military training and was given a pistol, a gift by Ethiopian Col. General Biru Tadesse, whom Mandela visited  for military advice on fighting apartheid.

1962: Arrested, convicted of incitement and leaving country without a passport, sentenced to five years in prison ( shortely after leaving Ethiopia to South Africa )

1964  : Sentenced to life

1990 : Freed from prison

1993  : Nobel Peace Prize

1994  : First black president

Rest in Peace!

About Tenayistilign

I am a physician trained at Jimma Institute of Health Sciences ( now Jimma University, in Jimma, Ethiopia) and Wayne State University ( Detroit, MI, USA). I teach and practice General Nephrology/Hypertension and Kidney Transplantation in the USA.
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1 Response to Nelson Mandela ( 1918-2013)

  1. solomie says:

    Indeed the world has lost a big leader , all African leaders should learn a lot from his excellency Nelson Mandela, to live for their people .

    Tenayistilign !

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