image/svg+xml 2019 Bautista Ramos CC BY NC SA English Writing Opinion Useful information on how to write a biography CLOSING What is his/her legacy? How is he/she remembered? Writing a biography essay. Move your mouse over the different paragraphs Have you ever heard the quote "Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world"? Nelson Mandela, one of the most admired public figures ever, made this statement. Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela was born in the city of Mvezo, in South Africa, on July 18, 1918. His parents' names were Noqaphi, who died when he was 12, and Mphakanyiswa. He started his degree for a Bachelor of Arts but he was expelled for joining a students' protest. He soon became involved in the anti-apartheid movement. He joined the African National Congress in 1942. For 20 years, he led a campaign of peaceful, nonviolent defiance against the South African government and its racist policies. In 1962 he was arrested and spent 27 years in prison for political offenses. He was finally released on Sunday 11 February 1990. In 1993 Nelson and President FW de Klerk won the Nobel Peace Prize. In 1994, he became the first South Africa's first democratically elected president. He died on 5 December, 2013 Nelson Mandela never hesitated in his commitment to democracy, equality and education. He never reacted to racism with more racism. For generations to come, Mandela will continue to be an inspiration. . A BIOGRAPHY ESSAY A biography is a description of a person's life. It shoud include only the most important points in chronological order. OPENING: Introduce the person. If possible, start with a quote by or about that person. Remember the introduction is your chance to get your reader hooked BODY Paragraph 1: Write about the person's early life: When and where he/she was born, his/her parents' names and education. BODY Paragraph 2: Write about the person's career. Include the most important information in chronological order.