Graça Machel

Mozambican Politician
Born Oct 17, 1945

Graça Machel DBE is a Mozambican politician and humanitarian. She is the third wife of former South African president Nelson Mandela and the widow of Mozambican president Samora Machel. She is an international advocate for women’s and children’s rights and in 1997 was made a British dame for her humanitarian work.… Read More

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1945 Birth Born on October 17, 1945.


1975 29 Years Old 1 More Event
Graça Machel is the only woman in history to have been first lady of two separate republics, serving as the First Lady of Mozambique from 1975 to 1986 and the First Lady of South Africa from 1998 to 1999. … Read More


1986 40 Years Old Samora Machel died in a plane crash in South Africa in 1986.


1998 52 Years Old Graça Machel married her second husband, Nelson Mandela, in Johannesburg on 18 July 1998, Mandela's 80th birthday. … Read More


2007 61 Years Old On 18 July 2007 in Johannesburg, South Africa, Nelson Mandela, Graça Machel, and Desmond Tutu convened The Elders, a group of world leaders, to contribute their wisdom, leadership and integrity to tackle some of the world's toughest problems. … Read More
2012 66 Years Old …  She was named president of the School of Oriental and African Studies at the University of London in 2012, and president of the African Leadership University in 2016.
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