Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela (born 18 July 1918) is a South African politician. He was the first President of Africa elected in a fully represented democratic election in 1994. Mandela was also the first black President of his country.
Mandela has received more than 250 honors, including the 1993 Nobel Peace Prize, the US Presidential Medal of Freedom, and the Soviet Order of Lenin. He is often referred to by his Xhosa clan name, Madiba, or as Tata (“Father”).