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LongWalk to Freedom: The Autobiography of Nelson Mandela By NelsonMandela

Mandela’sLongWalk to Freedom revealshis genealogy of over four generations in detail. The personalaccount of his life in the village is exceptional because it helps tocreate clarity among misconceptions and inaccurate information thatexists concerning his origin. Most of the content in this excerptfocuses on the insignificance of the boy Nelson Mandela among hispeers and family in his early life. Although he originates from royalfamily that commanded respect from the community, he did not have achance or right to inherit any authority. His disqualification forany of the authoritative positions not only lowered his status butalso diminished his chances of ever becoming a significant person inthe society. It is extremely ironical, therefore, that he emergeswith a high level of natural leadership skills. Although he admitsthat his skills emerged from nurturance rather than natural talent,he mentions the similarity between his extreme passion for justiceand his father’s belief in fairness that cost him his job andbenefits of a chief that he was.

Theauthor gives a systematic and organized flow of events that led tohis exposure to a leadership position that defined his destiny.Although his birth was barely significant and his presence as a youngperson barely noticeable except for the fact that he was a malechild, Nelson found a way to inherit his father’s role withoutformal ordination. Being a last born of four sons and striving tosurvive in a family of thirteen children from four wives, the boyNelson learnt the importance of fairness in society. At the time ofrecording his autobiography he does not remember when the motivationto seek justice began or developed in his young life but blames theracial laws and Colonial government.


NelsonMandela (1995). LongWalk to Freedom: TheAutobiography of Nelson Mandela