Who is Nelly M? The current social media generation would tell you: “Nelly M was a South African anti-apartheid influencer who spent 27 years in jail and former president of the country.” 

From that description you can tell that Nelly M is the late, great Nelson Mandela. How did he become Nelly M?

The Nelly M name became famous in 2021 after the Twitter user Mavu, said: “Us blueticking Nelly M’s birthday is the kind of progress I want for us as a country.” 

Everyone was rolling on the floor and the name spread like wildfire – which hasn’t been put out. 

Happy birthday to Nelly M!

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