Albertina Sisulu

(21 October 1918 - 2 june 2011) south africa

Albertina which means "Noble and famous" was chosen by Albertina herself as a young girl after a group of names were given to her to choose from. She was born in South Africa in 1918 in the small village of Camama in Tsomo district. It was her mother that encouraged her to have a passion for learing and education.  After she graduated from high school she trained as a nurse at the Johannesburg non-European hospital where she experianced discriminattion first hand. A year after she met her husband Walter Sisulu. That same year she joined the ANC (African National Congress) Women's League. 

Nontsikelelo Albertina Sisulu widely referred to as the “Mother of the Nation”. Is a woman to remember. She fought against racism during the apartheid years of South Africa and was the first woman to be arrested under the General Laws Amendment Act, which gave police the authority to hold suspects in detention for up to 90 days without charging them. She also fought for women's rights and helped women of all races, inspiring many that followed after her to fight for women and racial rights. uMam’ Sisulu was a leader in the ANC (African National Congress) as well as FEDSAW (Federation of South African Women) a multiracial women’s organization that was one of the most important anti-apartheid organizations in South Africa. She was a warrior against the apartheid regime until the very end.


Portrait of Albertina Sisulu, date unknown, considered the mother of the nation through her battle with woman and racial rights. 
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Albertina Sisulu

"Women are the people who are going to relieve us from all this oppression and depression."


Wedding of Albertina and Walter Sisulu. Present as well was Nelson and Winnie Mandela. From Wikimedia Commons,
Albertina Sisulu along side her husband Walter Sisulu anti-apartheid activist and member of the African National Congress. From Wikimedia Commons,


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Works Cited

“Albertina Sisulu Timeline 1918 - 2011.” South African History Online,