Madiba's Life in Places

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  • Mveso, Transkei
  • Qunu: Home
  • Mqhekezweni, Provincial Capital of Thembuland
  • Eastern Cape
  • Soweto, Johannesburg
  • Robben Island
  • Transvaal Province
  • Victor Verster Prison, Western Cape
  • Pretoria, South Africa
  • Qunu: Returning to the Beginning

Mqhekezweni, Provincial Capital of Thembuland

It was from here that Mandela was groomed for leadership.

Following the death of his father, Nelson Mandela’s early life changed dramatically.

At just nine years old, he was plunged into the privileged world of Africa’s elite as a member of the Mqhekezweni royal family.

(Photo: Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)

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