Former US President, Barack Obama has been announced as speaker for the 16th Nelson Mandela Annual Lecture in Johannesburg, South Africa.
About 4,000 people are expected to attend the conference which will hold on July 17, a day before Nelson Mandela International Day, at the Ellis Park Arena in Johannesburg.
“For most of his life, Nelson Mandela fought for democracy and equality. His presidency was defined by his efforts to solidify the fragile democracy of South Africa, and by his lessons on the politics of ‘bridge-building’ over the politics of division,” a joint statement by Mandela and Obama’s foundations read.
“The Nelson Mandela Annual Lecture will focus on creating conditions for bridging divides, working across ideological lines, and resisting oppression and inequality,”
Previous Speakers at the annual lecture include top world politicians; Bill Clinton (US), Mary Robinson (Ireland), Thabo Mbeki (SA), Michelle Bachelet (Chile), and Ellen Johnson Sirleaf (Liberia).
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