Mandela has a talent for adopting different guises. He has a theatrical flair for costume and gesture, and he was shrewdly aware of the power of image. ‘Masculine performer’ explores Mandela's capacity for self-projection despite apartheid repression, his phenomenal abilities as a performer and manipulator of images, and his incredible self-belief in his ability to make change. He is a multi-talented man and throughout his career he played various roles such as counsellor, lawyer, showman, guerrilla leader, and statesman. He projected himself as the citizen of the future, the up and coming African man. These qualities in him are central to an understanding of his historical achievements.