The Mandela Effect: Nelson Mandela’s ‘Death’ In 1980s Gave Rise To A New Phenomenon!

Mandela’s effect is what is linked to Nelson Mandela. He was a South African activist and the former president. His full name is Nelson Rolihalahla Mandela. He was born on 181 July 1918. He helped to bring an end to apartheid and has been a great global advocate for human rights. He was a philanthropist who served South Africa from 1994 to 1999. He was the first president of South America who was black and also who was elected in the first fully representative democratic elections. He also served as the President of the African National Congress (ANC) party from 1991 to 1997.

He was a Xhosa speaker. Xhosa is the native language spoken by the people of Zimbabwe. It is the first language of approximately 8.2 million people and the second language of 11 million people in South Africa.

source- The New York Times

Mandela was born to a royal family of Thembu. He has studied at the University of Fort Hare and the University of Witwatersrand. He then became a lawyer in Johannesburg. He was imprisoned in 1962 with a sentence of life imprisonment.

And the world suffered a great loss when he passed away. He died on December 5, 2013, from a recurring lung infection.

But, there is also some strange things about it. Many people, seem to believe that Nelson Mandela died in prison, long before his actual death on December 5, 2013! Yes, there are few things that sound weird but they are what people think and talk about when it comes to Nelson Mandela and his death. What is it actually let’s know about it in a bit more detail.

Thousands of people claimed that they remember mourning over Mandela’s death in the 80s. There are claims by many that they had also viewed Mandela’s funeral on Television! They say that they had the news of Mandela’s death in the 80s also.

source- New York Post

Yes, there are claims that they saw news clips of his funeral, the mourning in South Africa, some rioting in cities, and the heartfelt speech by his widow wife. So this is something that gave rise to the term Mandela effect.

Mandela Effect

mandela effect
source- Manipal The Talk Network

Now, the world was divided. And confused because of the things it heard about Mandela’s death being already observed. And it was the Writer and paranormal consultant Fiona Broome who put forth a theory called ‘The Mandela Effect.’ In which she explained why such a weird thing was happening. According to her, such ‘false memories’ are nothing but glimpses into the parallel worlds. She said that people told her about a variety of odd conflicts between their vivid memories and the world they were currently living in.

Some scientists call this phenomenon ‘cognitive dissonance’, which is defined as mental stress experienced by individuals who hold their own unique beliefs, ideas, and values and have confronted beliefs, ideas, and values that contradict their own. This in simple words seems like a person meeting another person who questioned and disagreed with his/her ideologies. And ideologies referring to the ones that were the driving force of his actions in his life. Or that which actually was important to him/her.

The theories similar to these are unending, and the answers it yield are- none. Whatever might be the reasons for The Mandela Effect, this is a phenomenon where you experience or feel that something like this has happened before. It makes people rethink their own realities and one is sure to get excited enough to dig even deeper into the mystery to form his/her theory. And if you do not believe me? Try it for yourself!

And if your curiosity is still not quenched, then check out this website by Fiona Broome. It will surely get you all pumped up!


As a Literature student, Pooja is passionate about the world of words. Apart from spending hours snuggled up in a blanket with a book in hand, she enjoys digging up facts and theories about historical as well as mythological events. However, sharing them with the world is what keeps her going in life.

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