February 11, 1990 and#150; on televisions all over the world, people watched Nelson Mandela walk out of prison. Four years later he was President of South Africa. Mandela had spent more than twenty-six long years in prison, struggling for the freedom of his country. How did the struggle begin? What was he fighting for and why did he go to prison? Through the story of his life we can find out how Nelson Mandela came to be one of the great political leaders of our time.