Nelson Mandela

Mandela: In Honor of an Extraordinary Life. Image via Instagram @rizzolibooks

‘Mama’s boy’: Nelson Mandela’s daughter launches tell-all book

Nelson Mandela’s daughter from his first marriage, Dr Phumla Makaziwe Mandela shared a few unknown stories about the global icon in her book.

Nelson Mandela

Mandela: In Honor of an Extraordinary Life. Image via Instagram @rizzolibooks

The daughter of the late and former South African president Nelson Mandela and his first wife Evelyn Mase, Dr Phumla Makaziwe Mandela launched a coffee table book in honour of her late father on 10 October titled Mandela: In Honor of an Extraordinary Life and told a few personal stories about her father.


According to IOL, while many books have been written about him, this version of the book about Nelson Mandela is unique in the sense that it was written from an insider’s perspective, it gives intimate details about the global leader’s life with his family which he was granted very little private time with.

“Tata loved his mom, he was really a mama’s boy, he adored his mother…He regretted that he did not fulfil his wishes of getting his mother and his sisters out of poverty because he thought that when he went to Fort Hare he was going to get a degree and would be able to work and build them a big house and all of those things,” Makaziwe Mandela was quoted as saying.

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In writing the book, Mandela’s daughter said she wanted to give another perspective about her dad, hers standing apart from his work in politics, but rather who he was in his roots.

“The whole issue of lineage and kinship meant a tremendous lot to Tata…I wanted to capture Tata (dad in isiXhosa) in the cultural medium of a Tembu son, a boy from Transkei, an African son, and emphasise what actually formed him and what shaped him, his traditions, his cultures, his customs,” Makaziwe Mandela was quoted as saying.

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Nelson Mandela
Dr Phumla Makaziwe Mandela wrote a book based on her father Nelson Mandela. Image via Instagram @bernardbujold/ @rizzolibooks


Phumla Makaziwe Mandela was born in 1954 in Johannesburg, South Africa, as Phumla Makaziwe “Maki” Mandela-Amuah. She was six when her mother and Nelson Mandela divorced, Briefly reported. This was the last time she saw him until she was 16 years old. And, by this time, he was arrested in Robben Island where he spent 27 years behind bars.

Makaziwe Mandela is the epitome of beauty with brains. According to the publication, she attended Waterford Kamhlaba UWC of Southern Africa where she acquired her secondary education. Thereafter, she finished her secondary school studies, before she joined the University of Massachusetts. And, by 1993, she graduated with a Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) in Anthropology.

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