The Many Brides of Nelson Mandela

“I can’t help it if the ladies take note of me,” Nelson Mandela once said. “I am not going to protest.”


Nelson Mandela and Nomzamo Winifred Madikizela aka Winnie

Nelson Mandela and Nomzamo Winifred Madikizela aka Winnie

Today we would like to talk a bit about the wonderful and admirable political figure that was Nelson Mandela. At the age of 95, Nelson Mandela passed away on Thursday, December 5th. His funeral is being held on December 10th at the First National Bank Stadium in Johannesburg. A righteous man that fought for equality in a time and place of racial oppression, Nelson Mandela has a story that is extremely incredible and amazing. Going to jail for 27 years and then leading his country out of the Apartheid truly makes Nelson Mandela a great man of politics, history and integrity. After passing away from various aliments, we are left to remember his great actions and beliefs.


“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.”


While Nelson Mandela was also fighting for equality and standing up for what is right, he was also a father, grandfather, great grandfather and he had been married as well. Lets take a look at some of the history, weddings and events of the loves in the life  Nelson Mandela.


Nelson Mandela and his first wife, Evelyn Mase at the wedding of Walter and Albertina Sisulu in 1944. While there seem to be no pcitures of their wedding, it is clear that the classic black suit and white dress with delicate details and veil were the popular attire still.

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Mandela na Evelyn Mase (



In 1958, #NelsonMandela married Nomzamo Winifred Madikizela aka Winnie.

Mandela and Winnie (Photocred:

Mandela and Winnie

As you can see, the veil was still prominent staple and trend of weddings during this time.

Nelson Mandela and Nomzamo Winifred Madikizela aka Winnie (Photcred: ANC Archives)

Nelson Mandela and Nomzamo Winifred Madikizela aka Winnie
(Photcred: ANC Archives)


The tiara was an intricate and beautiful piece in which the veil was connected and grazed to about the mid back.


Mandela was survived by his wife Graca Machel. Married on his 80th birthday. The marriage was announced at a birthday celebration attended by thousands including celebrities like Michael Jackson.

Mandela and Graca Machel (Photocred:

Mandela and Graca Machel