Obama set to deliver Nelson Mandela lecture in SA

Louise Gubb via Getty Images                       Then-U.S. president Barack Obama speaks at the memorial for Nelson Mandela at the FNB stadium in Johannesburg

Louise Gubb via Getty Images Then-U.S. president Barack Obama speaks at the memorial for Nelson Mandela at the FNB stadium in Johannesburg

Former President Obama will give a lecture in South Africa in July to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the birth of Nelson Mandela. This year, that figure is none other than former United States president Barack Obama.

The campaign urges global citizens to take action against poverty, inspire change and "make every day a Mandela Day". The lecture will focus on " creating conditions for bridging divides, working across ideological lines, and resisting oppression and inequality", said the foundation in a statement.

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Hatang said the foundation had been seeking someone with "an Africa heritage" to deliver an address that will "deal with issues of democracy" facing the world today.

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

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The lecture is a way to celebrate both men's outstanding legacies.

"We hope that it will again be a significant moment for the two legacies to join", he said.

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He will deliver the 16th Nelson Mandela Annual lecture in Johannesburg in honour of the late former president.

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