- Posted December 7, 2013 by
Johannesburg, South Africa
This iReport is part of an assignment:
Nelson Mandela: Your memories
Mandela and the American Colonel
Nelson Mandela was one of the world's most revered statesmen, who led the struggle to replace the apartheid regime with a multi-racial democracy.
Jailed for 27 years, he emerged to become the country's first black president and to play a leading role in the drive for peace in other spheres of conflict. He won the Nobel Peace Prize in 1993.
His charisma, self-deprecating sense of humor and lack of bitterness over his harsh treatment, as well as his amazing life story, partly explain his extraordinary global appeal. Since stepping down as president in 1999, Mr. Mandela has become the country’s highest-profile ambassador, campaigning against HIV/Aids and helping to secure his country's right to host the 2010 football World Cup.
Stevenson is a commissioned Colonel and member of Mensa. He is also a close friend of actor, Johnny Depp and a direct descendant of John Stevenson, one of the first settlers at Jamestown, Virginia. Stevenson was recently nominated for The Order of the British Empire to be bestowed by Her Majesty, The Queen. Stevenson is also a well-known friend of the late David Carradine and Jan-Michael Vincent.
Stevenson also holds a coveted Kukkiwon 4th Dan Black Belt in Taekwondo.
Source: Nelson Mandela Centre of Memory, 107 Central Street, Houghton, 2198 Telephone: +27 (0)11 547 5600