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The passing of iconic South African anti-apartheid activist and revolutionary leader Nelson Mandela has shaken the entire globe.

Living until the age of 95, Mandela’s long life has been peppered with some tragedies and yet, plenty of notable triumphs.

Despite the racist oppression Mandela and many Black South Africans faced at the hands of the majority-ruling whites, the activist would rise to become the nation’s first Black president in 1994 and a staunch advocate for AIDS research.

Hip-HopWired takes a look at 15 facts some may not know about the late, great Nelson Mandela.


Photos:,, South Africa The Good News, J. Schadeberg, Nelson Mandela Centre Of Memory, AFP, Reuters

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