Nelson Mandela’s Honors and Awards

Nelson Mandela’s Honors and Awards

Honors and Awards given to Nelson Mandela

Honors, Awards and other Forms of Recognition Bestowed upon Nelson Mandela
This list is not complete but it gives an indication of the wide variety of forms of recognition accorded to Nelson Mandela throughout the world. It shows too how this recognition steadily grew and how the calls for his release intensified during the years of his imprisonment.

As new – and old – honors, awards etc. come to our attention they will be added to this list. Many others have never been granted ‘official’ recognition and thus may never become known.


*    Elected Honorary President of the Students’ Union, University College, London


*    Elected Honorary President of the Students’ Union, University of Leeds, Britain


*    A nuclear particle discovered at the University of Leeds named the Mandela particle


*    Honorary life membership of the Students’ Union of the University of London


*    Awarded Honorary Doctorate of Law, University of Lesotho, Maseru, 29 September


*    Jawaharlal Nehru Award for International Understanding, New Delhi, India, 14 November


*    Freedom of the City of Glasgow, 4 August. The scroll was accepted on behalf of Mandela by the Vice-President of Nigeria
*    Road named after Mandela by the London Borough of Brent
*    Seventeen-thousand-signature petition handed to South African Embassy in Paris calling for release of Mandela
*    Dr Bruno Kreisky Prize for merit in the field of human rights, Vienna, Austria


*    Elected Honorary Life President of the Students’ Union at the London School of Economics and Political Science
*    By August 1982 a total of 2,000 mayors in 53 countries worldwide had signed a petition for Nelson Mandela’s release
*    Organisation of African Unity calls for release of Nelson Mandela


*    Honorary citizenship of Rome, February. Scroll received by Vice-President of Mozambique
*    Honorary citizenship of Olympia (original site of the Olympic Games), Greece, 17 March
*    Honorary Doctorate of Laws. City College of New York, 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 German Democratic Republic, 18 July
*    City Council of Harlow, United Kingdom, renamed one of its major roads in honour of Nelson Mandela, 18 July
*    AUEW (TASS), on of Britain’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 Bolivar, 24 July
*    City Council of Leeds, Britain, names the Civic Hall ‘Nelson Mandela Gardens’, 10 December
*    Twelve members of the United States Congress call for Nelson and Winnie Mandela to be made honorary citizens of the USA
*    Second chamber of Netherlands parliament asks Netherlands government to urge South African government to release Nelson Mandela and all South African political prisoners
*    Seventy-eight members of British parliament call for Nelson Mandela’s release
*    Park in Hull, Britain, named ‘Mandela Park’
*    Labour Party of Britain invites Nelson Mandela as a guest of its Annual Conference
*    Netherlands government informs the South African government that it is prepared to grant Nelson Mandela political asylum and requests his release
*    Nominated for election to the Chancellorship of the University of Natal, South Africa, by the Students’ Representative Council
*    Honorary LL.D, University of Lancaster, Britain
*    City of Cardiff, Wales, named a street after Nelson Mandela
*    The students of Warwick University, Coventry and South Bank Polytechnic Students Union 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’


*    Honorary Degree, Free University of Brussels, 13 January
*    Camden Borough Council, London, names the street where the Anti-Apartheid Movement has its headquarters as ‘Mandela Street’.
*    The British pop group Special AKA releases a record called ‘Free Nelson Mandela’ which becomes a hit
*    Hackney Council, London, renames a housing block after Nelson Mandela, April
*    Playa Giron Award, Cuba, awarded by Fidel Castro
*    Honorary membership of National and Local Government Officers Association [NALGO] Britain
*    Haringey Borough Council, London, names housing development after Nelson Mandela
*    Resolution sponsored by 135 Congressman in US House of Representatives calling for release of Nelson Mandela approved by acclamation by House Foreign Affairs Committee and approved by Senate
*    Synod of Nedertuitse Gereformeerde Kerk in Africa (NGKA) calls for release of Nelson Mandela
*    Monument to Nelson Mandela unveiled in Merrion Square, Dublin
*    Bishop Trevor Huddleston presents 50,000 signatures on international petition to Javier Perez de Cuellar, UN Secretary General. calling for the release of Mandela and all South African political prisoners
*    Elected Honorary Member of the Students Association, University of Strathclyde. Scotland
*    Freedom of the City of Wijnegen, Belgium
*    Awarded Star of International Friendship, German Democratic Republic, 27 August
*    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, Britain, 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
*    Mayors representing more than fifty British towns and cities march through London in full ceremonial dress to ask the Prime Minister to take further steps to secure Nelson Mandela’s release
*    The 1985 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, UK.
*    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
*    City of Huddersfield in West Yorkshire, UK, 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, 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
*    Awarded 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, Britain
*    Street in Glasgow, Scotland, where South African Consulate is sited, renamed after Mandela


*    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
*    Topped a poll in the Johannesburg newspaper, Sowetan, of the people its readers would like to run South Africa
*    Honorary Doctorate, Karl Marx University of the German Democratic Republic, Leipzig, 11 November


*    Awarded Bremen Solidarity Prize, Federal Republic of Germany
*    Nelson and Winnie Mandela given honorary membership of the National Union of Teachers, Great Britain
*    Nelson Mandela 70th Birthday Tribute Concert, Wembley Stadium, London, 11 June. Attended by audience of 72,000 and seen on television by close to a billion people in over 60 countries
*    Awarded freedom of the City of Dublin, Ireland
*    Awarded the Sakharov Prize
*    Honorary Doctorate conferred, University of Carabobo, Venezuela, June
*    People of Levkada, Greece, award the Medal of Peace, August
*    Honorary citizenship conferred by nine Greek municiplaities: 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


*    Agusto Cesar Sandino Award bestowed by Daniel Ortega, President of Nicaragua, Managua, 21 February
*    Freedom of the Municipality of KweKwe, Zimbabwe, conferred. Award received 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 Antonio 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 Al-Qadafi International Prize for Human Rights in Tripoli, Libya, 19 or 20 May
*    Honorary degree in political science by the Cairo University, Egypt, 19 or 20 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 Western Cape, Bellville, Cape Town, 28 November


*    Honorary LL.D Degree conferred, University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg, 6 September
*    Awarded Carte-Menil Human Rights Prize, 8 December


*    Received 1991 UNESCO Peace Prize, Paris, 3 February
*    Installed as Chancellor of the University of the North, 25 April
*    Honorary LL.D Degree conferred by the University of Fort Hare, 9 May
*    Honorary Doctorate conferred at the Sheikh 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-i-Pakistan Award, 3 October
*    Asturias Prize of International Co-operation awarded, Oviedo, Spain, 31 October
*    Received the “Spirit of Liberty” award at the “People for the American Way” award ceremony, 8 November


*    Received Gleitsman Foundation International Activist Award, Johannesburg, 12 May
*    Received, with President F W de Klerk, Philadelphia Liberty Medal Award. Presented by President Clinton, Philadelphia, USA, 4 July
*    Honorary Degree conferred, Clark University, Atlanta, Georgia, USA, 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, 1 October
*    Received Honorary Degree from the Free University of Brussels, Belgium, 8 October
*    Awarded Nobel Peace Prize, Oslo, Norway, 10 December


*    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 Moslem Women’s Federation, 10 September
*    Received the Arthur A Houghton Star Crystal Award for Excellence from the African-American Institute, 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, Dublin, Ireland
*    Indira Gandhi Award for International Justice and Harmony bestowed. Award received by Justice Minister Dullah Omar in New Delhi, India, January
*    U Thant Peace Award bestowed by Sri Chinmoy, 29 January
*    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 Honorary Degrees from the Universities of Bristol, Cambridge, de Montfort, Glasgow, Caledonian, London, Nottingham, Oxford and Warwick, Buckingham Palace, London, 10 July
*    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


*    Awarded Honorary Degree by the University of the Philippines, Manila, 2 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, UK, 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


*    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
*    U Thant Peace Award, Sri Chinmoy: The Peace Meditation at the United Nations


*    Lifting Up the World with a Oneness-Heart, Sri Chinmoy

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