Published: Wed, April 25, 2018
Global | By Marsha Munoz

Barack Obama To Give Lecture In South Africa To Honor Nelson Mandela

Barack Obama To Give Lecture In South Africa To Honor Nelson Mandela

"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".

Hatang said the lecture, coming a year before South Africa's national elections, "will be a significant moment where we will be talking about active citizenry and how do you build an active citizenry".

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The lecture will take place on the 17 July 2018, a day before Nelson Mandela International Day, and will be held at the Ellis Park Arena in Johannesburg. 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.

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.

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In what will be his most significant worldwide project since leaving the White House, Barack Obama will gather the group of 200 in Johannesburg, South Africa, for five days of meetings, workshops and technical training, the New York Times reports. They will serve as the "backbone of a larger ecosystem of foundation changemakers across the continent and, eventually, the world, as the foundation launches similar leadership programs in regions around the world".

It will be paired with a five-day gathering of young African leaders.

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About 4 000 people are expected to attend.

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