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Fellow secures Obama for 16th Mandela Annual Lecture


2014 Tutu Fellow Sello Hatang has secured the former President of the United States of America, Barack Obama, to deliver the 16th Nelson Mandela Annual Lecture. President Obama, who made an emotional address at Mandela’s funeral years after meeting him in 2005, will speak at the lecture marking 100 years since the anti-apartheid icon was born.  The Nelson Mandela Annual Lecture is one of the Foundation’s flagship programmes to honour its founder, Nelson Mandela. Every year since 2003, global leaders have used the lecture to raise topical issues affecting South Africa, Africa and the rest of the world.

Hatang, who heads the Nelson Mandela Foundation, told the media that the theme for this year was developed in recognition of the recent the death of Winnie Madikizela-Mandela. This theme centres around “renewing the Mandela legacy and promoting active citizenship in a changing world”. He added that the foundation had been looking for somebody with "an African heritage" to convey a message that seeks to challenge the current definition and position of democracy, particularly in Africa.

Obama joins an extraordinary list of speakers that include former US President Bill Clinton; Archbishop Desmond Tutu; former South African President Thabo Mbeki; Chilean-American author and human rights activist Ariel Dorfman; Nobel laureate Wangari Maathai; former UN secretary-general Kofi Annan; and Liberian President Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf, amongst others.

Obama will deliver the annual memorial lecture at the Wanderers Stadium in Illovo, Johannesburg, on 17 July 2018, a day ahead of what would have been Mandela’s 100th birthday.

You can read more on this year's lecture at the foundation website.

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