Makaziwe Mandela

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Makaziwe Mandela
Makaziwe Mandela.jpg
Makaziwe Mandela-Amuah talking in a press conference during Miss World 2007 in Sanya, China
Born1954 (age 64–65)
EducationWaterford Kamhlaba
Alma materUniversity of Fort Hare
University of Massachusetts
Spouse(s)Isaac Amuah
Parent(s)Nelson Mandela
Evelyn Mase
RelativesThembekile Mandela (brother)
Makgatho Mandela (brother)
Zenani Mandela-Dlamini (half-sister)
Zindzi Mandela-Hlongwane (half-sister)

Pumla Makaziwe "Maki" Mandela-Amuah (born 1954)[1][2] is the daughter of Nelson Mandela and his first wife Evelyn Mase.

Early life and education[edit]

Makaziwe Mandela was born into a family of chieftains. Her father Nelson was a direct descendant of the holders of the kingship of the Thembu people and was himself the heir of the chieftaincy of Mvezo. His grandson, Makaziwe's nephew Mandla, eventually succeeded to the latter title.

She is named after her older sister, born in 1947, who died aged just nine months. Of the four children born to Nelson and Evelyn Mandela, Makaziwe is the only one still living and the only one to outlive their father.

She received her secondary education at Waterford Kamhlaba UWC of Southern Africa before going to the University of Fort Hare in South Africa. In 1993, she earned a PhD in Anthropology at the University of Massachusetts, in Amherst, Massachusetts.[3]


She has held senior posts at the University of the Witwatersrand and the Development Bank of Southern Africa, and now heads the Industrial Development Group (IDG), with interests in mining and petroleum.[4]

Personal life[edit]

She is married to Dr. Isaac Amuah, who is of Ghanaian origin.


  1. ^ "Genealogy". Nelson Mandela Centre of Memory. Nelson Mandela Foundation. Archived from the original on 16 January 2016. Retrieved 8 December 2013.
  2. ^ McGregor, Liz (5 May 2004). "Obituary: Evelyn Rakeepile". The Guardian. Retrieved 8 December 2013.
  3. ^ "University of Massachusetts Honors Nelson Mandela With Honorary Degree". University of Massachusetts. February 2006. Retrieved 22 January 2008.
  4. ^ "Media release" (PDF). Myriad. October 2006. Retrieved 31 December 2006.