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Twitter users debate why Mandela’s offsprings hang on to his name

As the world celebrated the centenary birthday of Nelson Mandela on Wednesday, Twitter users used the opportunity to debate why most of the late apartheid activist’s offsprings have refused to drop his name, even after marriage.

It all started with a Twitter user, Hloni Nyetanyane writing: “Mandela’s grand & great-granddaughters are married, but still holding on to Mandela surname. They don’t wanna lose out on the commercial currency that comes with Mandela name. #MandelaDay #67Minutes”

A quick google search revealed that Mandela’s female children and even some of his grandchildren born to his female children have held on his name, which is not exactly a standard practice in Africa.

His eldest daughter with his second wife, Zenani, married to a prince of Swaziland, Prince Thumbumuzi Dlamini kept her maiden name. Her own daughter kept her grandfather’s name, making her Zamaswazi Dlamini-Mandela.

And others in the Mandela family tree have kept the name.

Nelson Mandela was married to three women during his lifetime and is survived by three living children. Meanwhile, Twitter users are reacting to the earlier tweet. See some of their reactions below:

Twitter users debate why Mandela’s offsprings hang on to his name Reviewed by Akande Boluwatife on July 19, 2018 Rating: 5

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