List of Nelson Mandela awards and honours

List of Nelson Mandela awards and honours

This is a comprehensive list of awards, honours and other recognitions bestowed on Nelson Mandela. Mandela has received more than one hundred 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.



In 1980, Mandela received an award from the Government of India in New Delhi for "international understanding". [cite web|url=|title=Jawaharlal Nehru Awards]



*Honorary Degree, Free University of Brussels, 13 January
*London Borough of Camden Council, names the street where the Anti-Apartheid Movement has its headquarters as 'Mandela Street'.
*London Borough of Hackney Council, renames a housing block after Nelson Mandela, April
*Playa Giron Award, Cuba, awarded by Fidel Castro
*Honorary membership of National Association of Local Government Officers [NALGO] United Kingdom
*London Borough of Haringey Council, names housing development after Nelson Mandela
*Monument to Nelson Mandela unveiled in Merrion Square, Dublin
*Elected Honorary Member of the Students Association, University of Strathclyde, Scotland
*Freedom of the City of Wijnegem, Belgium
*Awarded Star of International Friendship, German Democratic Republic, 27 August [cite journal|url=|title=Two Anti Imperialists Honour Nelson Mandela|publication=Sechaba|date=December 1984]
*Freedom of the City of Aberdeen conferred on both Nelson and Winnie Mandela, 29 November
*School in German Democratic Republic named 'Nelson Mandela School'


*Revenue Staff Federation, United Kingdom, names its Commonwealth trade union scholarship after Nelson Mandela
*London Borough of Southwark names new road 'Mandela Way'
*Nottingham City Council names a room in a sports centre
*The Third World Prize, awarded annually by the London-based Third World Foundation for Social and Economic Studies, awarded jointly to Nelson and Winnie Mandela
*Awarded freedom of the City of Hull, United Kingdom.
*Awarded the Ludovic-Trarieux International Human Rights Prize by Human Rights Institute of The Bar of Bordeaux, Bordeaux, France, 29 March
*Nigerian writers organisation, Writers and Journalists Against Apartheid (WAJAAP), confers title of Life Patron
*Town of Huddersfield in West Yorkshire, United Kingdom, renames its speakers' corner Nelson Mandela Corner, September
*Freedom of the City of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, October
*Honorary citizenship of the State of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, October
*Diploma of Honour and Friendship from the University of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, October
*Statue of Nelson Mandela erected in London by Greater London Council, unveiled by Oliver Tambo on 28 October
*Senegal's President Abdou Diouf inaugurates Soweto Square and Nelson Mandela Avenue in the centre of Dakar, Senegal, 6 December
*Awarded Doctor of Laws degree by Ahmadu Bello University in Nigeria, December


*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. [ [ TheGlasgowStory: Nelson Mandela] ]
*Made Honorary Freeman of Newcastle [ [ Newcastle City Council - Honorary Freemen (1977 to date)] ]


*First person to receive the Freedom of the City of Sydney, Australia, 9 January.
*Honorary Degrees, Winnie and Nelson Mandela, United States Ross University Medical School in the Caribbean
*Named Patron of Isipingo and District Football Association, Natal
*Honorary Degree, University of Michigan, USA
*Honorary Degree. University of Havana, Cuba
*Honorary Citizen, City of Florence, Italy
*Honorary Doctorate, Karl Marx University of the German Democratic Republic, Leipzig, 11 November
*Dutch football player Ruud Gullit dedicates his European Footballer of the Year award to Nelson Mandela


*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
*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


*Augusto César Sandino Award bestowed by Daniel Ortega, President of Nicaragua, Managua, 21 February
*Freedom of the Municipality of Kwekwe, Zimbabwe. Award received on his behalf by Oliver Tambo
*Awarded Peace Prize of the Tipperary Peace Committee, Ireland
*Nuremberg Platz renamed 'Nelson Mandela Platz', Nuremberg, Germany, June
*Honorary Doctorate of Laws, York University, Toronto, Canada, 16 June
*Square in Clayes-sous-Bois, France, named 'Nelson Mandela Square', September


*Made Honorary Life President of National Union of Mineworkers when he addressed its Central Committee, 21 April
*Granted freedom of the City of Harare, Zimbabwe, March
*'Mandela Day', a public holiday declared in Zimbabwe on 5 March
*Awarded the Lenin Peace Prize for 1990, May
*Bestowed the Dr António Agostinho Neto Order, the highest honour of the People's Republic of Angola, 12 May
*Bestowed the award 'Grand Commander of the Federal Republic of Nigeria', Lagos, 14 May
*Awarded the Al-Gaddafi International Prize for Human Rights in Tripoli, Libya, 19 or 20 May
*Honorary degree in political science by the Cairo University, Egypt, May
*Bestowed Bharat Ratna, India's highest civilian award, October
*Doctorate, honoris causa, conferred by University of Malaya, November
*Honorary Doctorate in law, University of the Western Cape, Bellville, Cape Town, 28 November


*Honorary LL.D Degree conferred, University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg, 6 September
*Awarded Carter-Menil Human Rights Prize, 8 December
*Awarded Félix Houphouët-Boigny Peace Prize by UNESCO [cite web|url=|title=Prizewinners of the Félix Houphouët-Boigny Peace Prize|publisher=UNESCO]


*Installed as Chancellor of the University of the North (now called University of Limpopo), 25 April
*Honorary LL.D Degree conferred by the University of Fort Hare, 9 May
*Honorary Doctorate conferred at the Cheikh Anta Diop University of Dakar, Senegal, 30 June
*Presented with the Freedom of Miami Beach Medallion of Honour, Johannesburg, 29 September
*Pakistan conferred the Nishan-e-Pakistan, 3 October
*Prince of Asturias Award for International Cooperation, Oviedo, Spain, 31 October
*Received the "Spirit of Liberty" award at the "People for the American Way" award ceremony, 8 November
*Received the Isitwalandwe Medal from the ANC.
*Awarded the Atatürk International Peace Prize by Turkey, but refused the award citing human rights violations committed by Turkey during that time, but later accepted the award in 1999.cite web
title=Statement on the Ataturk Award given to Nelson Mandela
date=12 April 1992
] cite web

title=Double Standard: the Turkish State and Racist Violence
author=Yucel Yerilgoz


*Received Gleitsman Foundation International Activist Award, Johannesburg, 12 May
*Received Philadelphia Liberty Medal. Presented by President of the United States Bill Clinton, Philadelphia, USA, 4 July
*Honorary Degree conferred, Clark Atlanta University, 10 July
*Received Apostolic Humanitarian Award, Johannesburg, 15 September
*Honorary Doctorate of Laws, Soochow University, Taiwan, 1 August
*Awarded J. William Fulbright Prize for International Understanding, Washington, DC, 1 October
*Received Honorary Degree from the Free University of Brussels, Belgium, 8 October
*Awarded Nobel Peace Prize Oslo, Norway, 10 December
*Named Person of the Year by Time Magazine, Yasser Arafat and Yitzhak Rabin


*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
*'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


*Awarded honorary fellowship of the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland, Dublin, Ireland
*Indira Gandhi Award for International Justice and Harmony bestowed. Award received by Justice Minister Dullah Omar in New Delhi, India, January
*Received the World Citizenship Award of the World Association of Girl Guides and Girl Scouts
*U Thant Peace Award bestowed by Sri Chinmoy, 29 January
*Created Knight of the Order of the Elephant by the Danish Queen Margrethe II, Copenhagen, 18 February
*Awarded the National Order of Mali (Grande Croix), Mali's highest decoration, Bamako, 3 March
*Received the Freedom of the City of London, London, 10 July
*Received the Degree of Doctor of Civil Law by Diploma of the University of Oxford [ [ 'President Mandela seeks support from UK universities', "Oxford University Gazette", vol. 126, no. 4409 (25 July 1996)] ] and honorary degrees from the Universities of Cambridge (LLD), [ [ 'Nelson Mandela visits Cambridge', University of Cambridge News Centre (2 May 2001)] ] London (London School of Economics), [ [ 'Nelson Mandela receives eight honorary degrees at Buckingham Palace', "THES" editorial (12 July 1996)] ] Bristol, Nottingham, and Warwick (LLD) [ [ 'Nelson Mandela Awarded Honorary Degree at special Buckingham Palace Ceremony', University of Warwick News, Media & Events] ] and from De Montfort and Glasgow Caledonian Universities in the garden of Buckingham Palace, 10 July [ A photograph of the event is available on the Glasgow Caledonian University Archives website]
*Received Honorary Doctorate from Sorbonne University, Paris, 15 July
*Received Honorary Doctorate from Stellenbosch University, 25 October
*Received the Freedom of Heidelberg, Heidelberg, 29 November


*Mandela Family Museum opens in Soweto, 29 November [ [ Embattled Winnie opens Mandela Family Museum] , "BBC", November 29, 1997]
*Awarded Honorary Degree by the University of the Philippines, Manila, 2 March
*Created Knight of the Royal Swedish Order of the Seraphim, Stockholm, 3 March
*Received Freedom of the City of Pietermaritzburg, 25 April
*Received Freedom of the City of Bloemfontein, 16 May
*Baker Avenue in Central Harare, Zimbabwe, Renamed Nelson Mandela Avenue, 19 May
*Received Freedom of Boksburg, 26 June
*Received Freedom of Oxford, United Kingdom, 11 July
*Awarded Honorary Doctorate from Chulalongkorn University, Bangkok, Thailand, 17 July
*Awarded Honorary Doctorate by Ben-Gurion University of the Negev, Cape Town, 19 September
*Received the American Public Health Association Presidential Citation, Pretoria, 14 October
*Awarded the Collar of the Nile by President Hosni Mubarak of Egypt, Cairo, 21 October
*Received Freedom of City of Edinburgh, Scotland, 27 October
*Received Freedom of City of Cape Town, 27 November
*Received Honorary Degree from the University of Pretoria, Pretoria, 4 December
*Multi-purpose room at SUNY Binghamton re-named Nelson Mandela's Room


*Received Honorary Doctoral Degree from the University of South Australia, University of Fort Hare, 23 April
*Awarded Honorary Doctorate, University of Zululand, 30 May
*Awarded the Freedom of the City and County of Cardiff, Cardiff, 16 June
*Awarded the Chris Hani Award at the 10th National Congress of the South African Communist Party, Johannesburg, 1 July
*Awarded Honorary Degree by the University of Mauritius, 11 September
*Park in Montreal named again "Parc Nelson-Mandela", 14 September
*Awarded Honorary Doctorate by Harvard University, Cambridge, Massachusetts, 18 September
*Awarded Congressional Gold Medal, Washington, 23 September
*Appointed Honorary Companion of the Order of Canada, 24 September. [ [ Rideau Hall: A Special Occasion] ]
*Nelson Mandela public school named in his honour in Toronto.
*Presented with Award in Recognition of his Contribution to Democracy, Human Rights and Freedom by the Supreme Council of Sport in Africa, 19 November
*Created a Knight Grand Cross of the Royal Norwegian Order of St Olav by the King of Norway.


*Received the Deutscher Medienpreis, Baden-Baden, Germany, 28 January
*Awarded the Oneness-Peace Earth-Summit-Transcendence-Fragrance Award, Pretoria, 9 March
*Received the Golden Medal of the City of Amsterdam, Netherlands, 10 March
*Received honorary doctorate from Leiden University, Netherlands, 12 March
*Awarded the Freedom of the City of Durban, Durban, 16 April
*Received Honorary Doctorate from the Russian Academy of Sciences, Moscow, 30 April
*Received Ukraine's Highest Decoration, the Order of Prince Yaroslav the Wise, Cape Town, 5 May
*Appointed Honorary Companion of the Order of Australia, Canberra, 9 June
*Received Jesse Owens Global Award, Johannesburg, 21 September
*Received insignia of Honour from the African Renaissance Institute, Johannesburg, 11 October
*Received an Honorary Doctorate of Laws from the University of Botswana, Gaborone, 14 October
*Received the Baker Institute Enron Prize for Distinguished Public Service at Rice University, Houston, 26 October
*Awarded the Freedom of the City of Lydenburg, Lydenburg, 3 November
*Appointed to the Order of Australia on 15 November; presented with the insignia of the order by Australian Prime Minister John Howard in Pretoria.
*Was among 18 included in Gallup's List of Widely Admired People of the 20th Century, from a poll conducted of the American people in December 1999.
*Awarded honorary doctorate from Uppsala University, Sweden, 3 December
*Presented with Temple of Understanding Annual Award to Religious and Political Leaders for Outstanding Service to Humanity, Cape Town, 5 December
*Presented with the Gandhi-King Award by the World Movement for Nonviolence at the World Parliament of Religions, Cape Town, 5 December
*Listed as one of the 100 most influential people of the 20th century by Time magazine
*Accepted the Atatürk International Peace Prize from Turkey, after refusing the award in 1992.cite web
title=Mandela changes his mind
publisher=Turkish Press Review
date=7 January 1999
*Created Knight of the Dutch/Luxembourgian Order of the Gold Lion of the House of Nassau, Netherlands, 10 March


*The Nelson Mandela National Museum is officially opened in Soweto, 11 February [ [ Nelson Mandela National Museum] ]
*Awarded honorary Doctorate of Laws by Trinity College, Dublin, 11 April
*Appointed honorary Queen's Counsel by the House of Lords, United Kingdom, 3 MayLondonGazette |issue=55843 |date=2008-05-09 |startpage=5076 |notarchive=1]
*Awarded SABS Gold Medal, Sandton, 10 June
*BT Ethnic Multicultural Media Award, London, 29 June
*Received World Methodist Peace Award, London, 29 June
*International Freedom Award, Memphis, Tennessee, 22 November
*Awarded Honorary Doctorate of Law from the University of Technology, Sydney, Australia.
*Awarded Honorary Doctor of Letters from the Australian National University, 6 September


*International Gandhi Peace Prize, Presidential Palace, New Delhi, 16 March
*Made an Honorary Freeman of Leeds, 30 April [ [ Leeds City Council - History of the city of Leeds] ]
*Made an Honorary Fellow of Magdalene College, Cambridge, 2 May
*Awarded the first King Shaka Award in recognition of bravery, 25 July 2001
*Park Public School renamed Mandela Park Public School, Toronto, Canada, 17 November
*Received honorary doctorate of law from Ryerson University, Toronto, Canada, 17 November
*Granted Honorary Citizenship of Canada, 19 November
*Awarded the LLD Honoris Cause from the University of the Free State
*Awarded the D Tech Education Honoris Cause from the Technikon Free State
*Human Rights Lifetime Achievement award by the SA Human Rights Commission, Johannesburg, 11 December
*Made an Honorary Administrator For A Day at SUNY Binghamton


*Awarded an Honorary Doctorate in Law from Rhodes University, Grahamstown, South Africa, 6 April
*New hall of residence at Rhodes University, Grahamstown, South Africa named 'Nelson Mandela Hall'
*Awarded an Honorary Doctorate by the University of Ghana, 24 April
*Awarded the Franklin Delano Roosevelt Freedom Medal, Middleburg, The Netherlands, 8 June.
*Awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the United States' highest civilian award, by George W. Bush, Washington, USA, 9 July
*Awarded the Queen Elizabeth II Golden Jubilee Medal from Canada.
*Awarded the Order of Mapungubwe - Platinum Category by President Thabo Mbeki, Union Buildings, Pretoria, December 2002. [cite web|url=|title=The Order of Mapungubwe - List of Recipients|publisher=The Presidency|month=September|year=2007|accessdate=2009-02-03]


*Awarded an Honorary Doctorate in Law by the National University of Ireland, Galway, 20 June
* Elected an Honorary Life member of the Literary and Debating Society, NUI, Galway.
* Named a Hero of Freedom by the Libertarian magazine Reason. [cite web|url=
title=35 Heroes of Freedom|publisher=Reason|month=December|year=2003|accessdate=2006-12-30


*Sandton Square in Johannesburg, South Africa is renamed Nelson Mandela Square on 31 March with the unveiling of a 6 m bronze statue (see photo, top of page). [cite web|url=|title=Nelson Mandela Square - The Launch|date=March 31, 2004]
*Listed as one of the 100 most influential people of 2004 by Time magazine
*Made a Bailiff Grand Cross of The Order of St John [cite web|url=| title=Nelson Mandela Investiture |date=November 23, 2004 |accessdate=2008-04-28|format=PDF]


*Amherst College honorary degree. [cite web|url=|title=Amherst College Honors Nelson Mandela|publisher=Amherst College|date=May 12, 2005]
*Listed as one of the 100 most influential people of 2005 by Time magazine


*New Statesman - Listed as the number 2 in the 50 "Heroes of our time". [cite news|url=|title=Heroes of our time|date=May 22, 2006|publisher=New Statesman]
*Awarded Amnesty International's Ambassador of Conscience Award [cite news|url=
title=Nelson Mandela to become Amnesty International "Ambassador of Conscience"|publisher=Amnesty International|date=September 19, 2006
*Made an honorary member of Manchester United as the club toured South Africa in the winter of 2006. [cite news|title=Mandela meets Manchester United|publisher=BBC|date=July 19, 2006|url=]


* The Westminster Council agrees to erect a statue of Mandela opposite the Houses of Parliament in London. [cite news|title=Mandela statue finally gets London go-ahead|url=|date=20 April 2007|publisher=Reuters]
* Honorary citizen of Belgrade, Serbia. [cite news|title=Mandela honorary citizen of Belgrade|url=|date=15 May 2007|publisher=B92] "for his huge humanitarian past and contributions to mankind".


*In January 2008, the Europe-based "A Different View" cited Mandela as one of the 15 Champions of World Democracy. Other champions mentioned were Lech Walesa, Corazon Aquino, and Vaclav Havel. ["A Different View", Issue 19, January 2008.]
*Michigan State University LLD "honoris causa". [cite web|url=| title=Mandela, Koonin to be recognized at MSU commencement for global contributions| month=18 April |year=2008|accessdate=19 April |accessyear= 2008]

Notes and references

* [ Honours, Awards and Other Forms of Recognition Bestowed upon Nelson Mandela (ANC website)]

ee also

*Nelson Mandela#Orders and decorations
*Nelson Mandela 70th Birthday Tribute

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