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Barack Obama to deliver 16th Nelson Mandela Annual Lecture



Obama to deliver the 16th Nelson Mandela Annual Lecture | BellaNaija

Barack Obama. (Photo by Yana Paskova/Getty Images)

The Nelson Mandela Foundation and Obama Foundation have announced that former U.S President Barack Obama will deliver the 16th Nelson Mandela Annual Lecture in Johannesburg.

To honour the centennial of Madiba’s birth, the lecture’s theme will be “Renewing the Mandela Legacy and Promoting Active Citizenship in a Changing World.”

The Lecture will focus on creating conditions for bridging divides, working across ideological lines, and resisting oppression and inequality.

The Lecture will take place on the 17th of July, 2018, a day before Nelson Mandela International Day, and will be held at the Ellis Park Arena in Johannesburg. About 4,000 people are expected to attend.

The Nelson Mandela Annual Lecture is a platform aimed at driving debate on critical social issues in South Africa and around the world.

Previous speakers include global thought leaders and change makers, including: presidents Bill Clinton, Thabo Mbeki, Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, Mary Robinson and Michelle Bachelet; UN Deputy Secretary-General Amina Mohammed; Nobel Laureates Kofi Annan, Wangari Maathai, Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu and Mohammed Yunus; Professors Ariel Dorfman, Thomas Piketty and Ismail Serageldin; and philanthropists Bill Gates and Mo Ibrahim.

Photo Credit: Yana Paskova/Getty Images

1 Comment

  1. Seethebigpicture

    April 23, 2018 at 6:40 pm

    Dear my People

    I am one believing in the Empire to come, starts by the bricks layed down today. I am a subject and a believer of the Nigerian Empire to come.

    I offer this as advice, as you summon all your african terrotories to you, they will come via stick or carrot.

    in preference to the carrot methods tantalising timed sequence of actions have to take place in order to win the hearts and mind of the people.

    The nation of tanzania is in utter mourning far past syria, they have lost perhaps their most revered media personality associated to Davido. #agnesmasogange {instagram}

    This would be a great oportunity to Wooo this nation. The government there is weak, it has no control of the hearts and minds of the people. Tanzania stands crytical in the Eastern African domain. Functions like the heart beat. its absolutely imperative to win the hearts and minds of this people in order to accomplish the heavy burden task we must all collborate to accomplish. Any early innitives will go the furthest!!!

    These opportunity is perhaps as naked and exposed as it will ever be! Some of you will understand, Some of you will not! But know that her enemies and the enemies of Africa, the islamic state – has to but extend its paw, and this nation will beseech itself underneath it.


    But Sworn to the Empire!

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