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Nelson Mandela

This is a comprehensive list of awards, honours and other recognitions bestowed on Nelson Mandela. Mandela has received more than two hundred and fifty awards over four decades, most notably the Nobel Peace Prize in 1993.

From 1994 to 1999, Mandela was President of South Africa. He was the first such person to be elected in fully representative democratic polls.

Before his presidency, Mandela was an anti-apartheid activist and leader of the African National Congress and its armed wing Umkhonto we Sizwe. He spent 27 years in prison, much of it in a cell on Robben Island the rest of the time he spent in Pollsmoor Prison , on convictions for crimes that included sabotage committed while he spearheaded the struggle against apartheid.

Following his release from prison in February 11, 1990, his switch to a policy of reconciliation and negotiation helped lead the transition to multi-racial democracy in South Africa. Since the end of apartheid, he has been widely praised, even by former opponents.

He is currently a celebrated elder statesman who continues to voice his opinion on topical issues. In South Africa he is often known as Madiba, an honorary title adopted by elders of Mandela's clan. The title has come to be synonymous with Nelson Mandela.

1960s, 1970s, 1980, 1981, 1982, 1983, 1984, 1985, 1986, 1987, 1988, 1989, 1990, 1991, 1992

1993, 1994, 1995, 1996, 1997, 1998, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008
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In the 1960s, Mandela received two honorary recognitions by two university students' unions in the United Kingdom.[1]

Year Granted by Recognition
1964 University College London Elected Honorary President of the Students' Union
1965 University of Leeds Elected Honorary President of the Students' Union
Statue of Nelson Mandela at a Johannesburg shopping mall.


In the 1970s, Mandela received three honorary recognitions by one university and one university students' union, both in the United Kingdom, and one in Lesotho.[1]

Year Granted by Recognition
1973 Scientists of the University of Leeds A newly-discovered nuclear particle is named the "Mandela particle"
1975 University of London Union Honorary life membership
1979 University of Lesotho Honorary Doctorate of Law


In 1980, Mandela received an award from the Government of India in New Delhi for "international understanding".[2]

Granted by Recognition
Indian Council for Cultural Relations Jawaharlal Nehru Award for International Understanding


In 1981, Mandela received three honorary recognitions from British, Scottish, and Austrian organizations.[3]

Granted by Recognition
City of Glasgow Freedom of the City of Glasgow Scroll
London Borough of Brent Road in Brent named after Mandela
International panel of judges Bruno Kreisky Award for merit in human rights


Granted by Recognition
London School of Economics Students' Union Elected Honorary Life President of the Students' Union


Granted by Recognition
Honorary citizenship of Rome, February
Honorary citizenship of Olympia, Greece, 17 March
City College of New York Honorary Doctorate of Laws 5 June
City Council of Dublin, Ireland Unveiled sculpture in a city park by Elisabeth Frink dedicated to Nelson Mandela, 26 June
Award of the order Star of International Friendship in gold by the East Germany, 18 July
City Council of Harlow, UK Renamed one of its major roads in honour of Nelson Mandela, 18 July
AUEW/TASS, one of United Kingdom's major trade unions Held a special ceremony to rename their executive committee room the 'Nelson Mandela Room', 18 July
Freedom of London Borough of Greenwich, 20 July
UNESCO Awards its first Simon Bolivar International Prize jointly to Nelson Mandela and King Juan Carlos of Spain at a ceremony in Caracas, Venezuela, on the 200th anniversary of the birth of Simón Bolívar, 24 July[4]
City Council of Leeds, UK Names the Civic Hall 'Nelson Mandela Gardens', 10 December
Park in Hull, UK, named 'Mandela Park'
Lancaster University, UK Honorary Doctorate of Laws
City of Cardiff, Wales Named a street after Nelson Mandela
The Students Unions of University of Warwick, Coventry Polytechnic (now Coventry University) and South Bank Polytechnic (now London South Bank University) named rooms in honour of Nelson Mandela
New York City renamed square in front of South African mission to the United Nations 'Nelson and Winnie Mandela Plaza'




Street sign in Glasgow, Scotland.
  • Elected Honorary Life President of the National Union of Mineworkers of South Africa
  • Awarded the W E B DuBois International Medal by the National Association for the Advancement of Coloured People (NAACP)
  • Coventry City Council named new building after Mandela
  • Presented with the Alfonso Comin Foundation Peace Award in Barcelona, Spain
  • Freedom of the Borough of Islwyn, Wales, given to Winnie and Nelson Mandela
  • International Peace and Freedom Award by the Workers International Centre, Stockholm Sweden
  • Awarded, with Winnie Mandela, the Third World Prize by the Strategic and International Studies Group of Malaysia, 5 May
  • Honorary Doctorate of Laws, University of Zimbabwe
  • Park in Leicester, England, named after Mandela
  • Honorary membership awarded to Winnie and Nelson Mandela by the National Union of Seamen, United Kingdom
  • St George's Place in Glasgow, Scotland, the location of the South African consulate is renamed Nelson Mandela Place.[6]
  • Made Honorary Freeman of Newcastle[7]



  • Park in Montreal named "Parc Winnie-et-Nelson-Mandela"
  • Awarded Bremen Solidarity Prize, Federal Republic of Germany
  • Nelson and Winnie Mandela given honorary membership of the National Union of Teachers, United Kingdom
  • Awarded freedom of the City of Dublin, Ireland
  • Awarded the Sakharov Prize for Freedom of Thought, by the European Parliament
  • Honorary Doctorate conferred, University of Carabobo, Venezuela, June
  • People of Lefkada, Greece, award the Medal of Peace, August
  • Honorary citizenship conferred by nine Greek municipalities Egaleo, Ellenikon, Glyfada, Ilioupolis, Daissariani, New Filadelfia, Nikaea, Preveza and Zogrofu
  • Honorary degree in Political Science awarded by the University of Bologna, Italy, 12 September
  • Honorary citizenship bestowed by the Town Council of the city of Bologna, Italy, September
  • Awarded the United Nations Human Rights Fourth Award, 10 December
  • Nelson Mandela Road named, New Delhi, India, 10 December



Lenin Peace Prize Medal, awarded 1990




Bill Clinton presented Mandela with the Philadelphia Liberty Medal on July 4, 1993


  • Received the New Nation/Engen Man of the Year Flame of Distinction award, 24 March
  • Elected Newsmaker of the Year, with Deputy President F W de Klerk, by the Johannesburg Press Club, 25 May. Prof Kader Asmal received the award on 29 September
  • Received the Hunger Project's 8th annual Africa Prize for Leadership for the Sustainable End of Hunger, London, 19 July
  • Received Anne Frank medal for human rights and tolerance, Johannesburg, 15 August
  • Received Sheikh Yusuf Peace Award from the Muslim Women's Federation, 10 September
  • Received the Arthur A Houghton Star Crystal Award for Excellence from the African-American Institute, 6 October
  • Received Bishop John T. Walker Distinguished Humanitarian Service Award from Africare, 6 October
  • Honorary Doctorate, Howard University, 7 October
  • Received freedom of the town of Tongaat, KwaZulu-Natal, 21 October (initially granted in 1989)
  • Received the Olympic Gold Order from International Olympic Committee president, Juan Antonio Samaranch, Cape Town, 16 November
  • Received Man of the Year Award from the Greek Chamber of Commerce and Industries of Southern Africa, Johannesburg, 19 November 1994
  • Honorary Doctorate awarded by University of South Africa
  • Awarded the "Commonwealth Champion of Health" medal, received by South African athletes at the Commonwealth Games, Canada


  • Africa Peace Award - sponsored jointly by the African Centre for the Constructive Resolution of Disputes (ACCORD) and the Organisation of African Unity (OAU) - presented at a ceremony in Durban, March
  • Appointed a member of the Order of Merit by the sovereign of the Commonwealth realms
  • 'Nelson Mandela Road' to Katse, Lesotho, inaugurated, 13 July
  • Received Pretoria Press Club's 1994 Newsmaker of the Year Award, Pretoria, 20 July
  • Granted the Freedom of Uitenhage, Uitenhage, 14 September
  • Awarded Honorary Fellowship of the College of Medicine of South Africa, Johannesburg, 17 October
  • Harvard Business School Statesman of the Year Award, 14 December
  • Human Rights Institute, with President Mandela as honorary chairman, launched in London by the International Bar Association, December 1995



Nelson Mandela's former house in Soweto, Johannesburg, now Mandela Family Museum.




Nelson Mandela National Museum - Information Centre at Qunu.










  • In July 2009, Mandela received the Arthur Ashe Courage Award presented by Venus and Serena Williams. Accepting on his behalf were his daughter and grandson.[34]
  • In November 2009, the United Nations General Assembly announced that Mandela's birthday, 18 July, is to be known as 'Mandela Day' marking his contribution to world freedom.[35]

Notes and references

  1. ^ a b The Presidential Medal of Freedom Website. "President Medal of Freedom Recipient Nelson Mandela". Retrieved 2008-02-26.  
  2. ^ "Jawaharlal Nehru Awards".  
  3. ^ African National Congress (1 November 1999). "Honours, Awards and Other Forms of Recognition Bestowed upon Nelson Mandela". Retrieved 2008-02-26.  
  4. ^ "International Simón Bolívar Prize Laureates".  
  5. ^ Two Anti Imperialists Honour Nelson Mandela. Sechaba. December 1984.  
  6. ^ TheGlasgowStory: Nelson Mandela
  7. ^ Newcastle City Council - Honorary Freemen (1977 to date)
  8. ^ "Prizewinners of the Félix Houphouët-Boigny Peace Prize". UNESCO.  
  9. ^ "Statement on the Ataturk Award given to Nelson Mandela". ANC. 12 April 1992.  
  10. ^ Yucel Yerilgoz. "Double Standard: the Turkish State and Racist Violence". Retrieved 2007-01-02.  
  11. ^ 'President Mandela seeks support from UK universities', Oxford University Gazette, vol. 126, no. 4409 (25 July 1996)
  12. ^ 'Nelson Mandela visits Cambridge', University of Cambridge News Centre (2 May 2001)
  13. ^ 'Nelson Mandela receives eight honorary degrees at Buckingham Palace', THES editorial (12 July 1996)
  14. ^ 'Nelson Mandela Awarded Honorary Degree at special Buckingham Palace Ceremony', University of Warwick News, Media & Events
  15. ^ Embattled Winnie opens Mandela Family Museum, BBC, November 29, 1997
  16. ^ Rideau Hall: A Special Occasion
  17. ^ "Mandela changes his mind". Turkish Press Review. 7 January 1999. Retrieved 2007-01-02.  
  18. ^ Nelson Mandela National Museum
  19. ^ London Gazette: no. 55843, p. 5076, 2008-05-09.
  20. ^ Leeds City Council - History of the city of Leeds
  21. ^ "The Order of Mapungubwe - List of Recipients". The Presidency. September 2007. Retrieved 2009-02-03.  
  22. ^ "35 Heroes of Freedom". Reason. December 2003. Retrieved 2006-12-30.  
  23. ^ "Nelson Mandela Square - The Launch". March 31, 2004.  
  24. ^ "Nelson Mandela Investiture" (PDF). November 23, 2004. Retrieved 2008-04-28.  
  25. ^ "Amherst College Honors Nelson Mandela". Amherst College. May 12, 2005.  
  26. ^ "Heroes of our time". New Statesman. May 22, 2006.  
  27. ^ "Nelson Mandela to become Amnesty International "Ambassador of Conscience"". Amnesty International. September 19, 2006.  
  28. ^ "Mandela meets Manchester United". BBC. July 19, 2006.  
  29. ^ "UiTM Confers Honorary Doctorate On Nelson Mandela". BERNAMA News. November 9, 2006.  
  30. ^ "Mandela statue finally gets London go-ahead". Reuters. 20 April 2007.  
  31. ^ "Mandela honorary citizen of Belgrade". B92. 15 May 2007.  
  32. ^ A Different View, Issue 19, January 2008.
  33. ^ "Mandela, Koonin to be recognized at MSU commencement for global contributions". 18 April 2008. Retrieved 19 April 2008.  
  34. ^ "ESPY awards, 2009". Retrieved 2009-11-11.  
  35. ^ "UN gives backing to 'Mandela Day'". BBC News. Retrieved 2009-11-11.  

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