You probably have read billions of articles about Mandela’s greatness on the internet so I thought I should put out something that is not related to his greatness (or maybe it is). The Mandela Effect, coined by Fiona Broome, explains the collective misremembering of events. This happens when large numbers of people think they remember something that never happened. So how is the great man related to this?
The website mandelaeffect.com talks about how thousands of people believe that Nelson Mandela died in prison. Below is a piece of writing from the website:
See, I thought Nelson Mandela died in prison. I thought I remembered it clearly, complete with news clips of his funeral, the mourning in South Africa, some rioting in cities, and the heartfelt speech by his widow.
Then, I found out he was still alive.
My reaction was sensible, “Oh, I must have misunderstood something on the news.”
Of course, Nelson Mandela did not die in prison. He was freed in 1990 and went on to become the first Black President of South Africa. Today we celebrate what would have been his centennial year alive. In his name we Take Action and Inspire Change.
To read more about The Mandela Effect, check out the website.