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Twitter users debate why Mandela’s offspring 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 # 67 Minutes ”

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 :