Nelson Mandela is often considered in affiliation with other well-known anti-colonial and anti-racism 20th-century leaders such as Gandhi and Martin Luther King. He is often described as uniquely a product of South Africa's history, shaped by his high-status, rural background, patrician heritage, and long labour against repression. ‘Influences and interactions’ considers Mandela's life as a meeting point between different cultural and political influences, and traditions of thought and activities. These influences included but exceeded patrimonial ideas about obligation or his sense of self-reliance. Mandela was influenced by transnational African traditions with respect to political formation and a powerful Gandhist inheritance.