Historical Background

“The Nelson Mandela Foundation will preserve and make this oral history archives available for scholars and researchers. I’m delighted that we can bring these stories alive for our 8 million followers on Facebook,” said Sello Hatang, CEO of the Nelson Mandela Foundation.


An Audio History is an audio documentary on the struggle against apartheid through the intimate accounts of Nelson Mandela, as well as those who fought with him, and against him. The series weaves together firstperson interviews from the people on the front lines of history and dozens of rare archival recordings.

These audio artefacts bring us into the courtroom on the day Mandela was sentenced to life in prison in 1964 and take us inside Robben Island during a Mandela family visit, a secret recording saved for more than two decades by a prison guard. Government propaganda films and pirate radio broadcasts from the ANC help to recreate the time and place that saw this Diaries recorded more than 100 hours of first person interviews. Today, these broadcast quality recordings represent some of the most in depth, detailed, and personal accounts of the struggle against apartheid.

A Winner is a Dreamer Who Never Gives Up. - Nelson Mandela

“During my lifetime I have dedicated myself to this struggle of the African people. I have fought against white domination, and I have fought against black domination. I have cherished the ideal of a democratic and free society in which all persons live together in harmony and with equal opportunities. It is an ideal which I hope to live for and to achieve. But if needs be, it is an ideal for which I am prepared to die.” - Nelson Mandela

It Is in Your Hands to Make Our World a Better Place

South Africa Marks the 25th Anniversary of Nelson Mandela's Release
Mandela Talks About Expecting the Death Sentence
Mandela Talks About Prison Torture
The Nelson Mandela Foundation Carries On

The Rivonia 8, sentenced to life June 12, 1964

Left to right:
Nelson Mandela, Walter Sisulu, Govan Mbeki, Raymond Mhlaba,
Elias Motsoaledi, Andrew Mlangeni,  Ahmed Kathrada, Denis Goldberg

Nelson Mandela revisits his prison cell on Robben Island in 1994

Left to Right: Nelson Mandela, Walter Sisulu | Robben Island – 5 August, 1982

Key Dates In Mandela's Life

President Obama delivered the 16th annual Nelson Mandela Lecture
 July 17, 2018

“Let me tell you what I believe. I believe in Nelson Mandela’s vision. I believe in a vision shared by Ghandi and King and Abraham Lincoln. I believe in a vision of equality and justice and freedom and multiracial democracy, built on the premise that all people are created equal, and they are endowed by our creator with certain inalienable rights. And I believe a world governed by such principles is possible and that it can achieve more peace and more cooperation in pursuit of a common good. That’s what I believe.”

Nelson Mandela Children's Fund and Nelson Mandela Children's Hospital

Origin of the Nelson Mandela Children’s Fund

Nelson Mandela 100 Year Centenary

Mangaliso Mxenge, author, 9 years old


Nelson Mandela Children's Fund