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Barack Obama to speak at annual Mandela lecture in Johannesburg

Barack Obama to speak at annual Mandela lecture in Johannesburg

This year, that figure is none other than former U.S. president Barack Obama.

The Nelson Mandela Foundation and The Obama Foundation announced that President Barack Obama will deliver the 16 Nelson Mandela Annual Lecture in Johannesburg in July.

Obama is likely to address growing intolerance in a world where extremist views are finding a mainstream platform in western countries including the United States, France and Germany.

The foundations said the lecture would take place on July 17, 2018 - a day before Nelson Mandela International Day - at the Ellis Park Arena in Johannesburg.

Hundreds of South African Prisoners have crocheted a 7,000-square metre blanket in honour of late anti-apartheid activist Nelson Mandela. "We hope that it will again be a significant moment for the two legacies to join", added Hatang.




"Obama met with Mandela in 2005 and eulogized him at his death five years ago, saying "(Mandela) makes me want to be a better man".

The New York Times said that Obama would spend five days in Johannesburg holding meetings, workshops and training for 200 young people in his most significant global project as an ex-president.

Meanwhile, former President Nelson Mandela's personal assistant Zelda La Grange said that as the world marks 100 years since Madiba's birth, it needs to do self introspection as the world has dropped its moral bar.

Previous speakers include presidents Bill Clinton, Thabo Mbeki, Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, Mary Robinson and Michelle Bachelet.


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