This is the name of the clan of which Mr Mandela is a member. A clan name is much more important than a surname as it refers to the ancestor from which a person is descended. Madiba was the name of a Thembu chief who ruled in the Transkei in the 18th century. It is considered very polite to use someoneâ€™s clan name.
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Meaning of Madiba in African origin/culture for Boy name with history and fame details.