Barack Obama to deliver 2018 Nelson Mandela lecture
SEE ALSO :Obama varsity opensAs a student he called the fight against white minority rule in South Africa "a struggle that touches each and every one of us", and encouraged his university to drop its investments in the country. The eagerly awaited speech by Mr Obama will be live-streamed from Johannesburg at 14:45 local time (12:45GMT) by the Nelson Mandela Foundation. Its focus will be "creating conditions for bridging divides, working across ideological lines, and resisting oppression and inequality". Previous speakers at the event include US entrepreneur and philanthropist Bill Gates, French economist Prof Thomas Piketty, former Liberian President Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf, Kenyan Nobel laureate and political activist Wangari Maathai, ex-UN Secretary General Kofi Annan and former US President Bill Clinton. "We thought to ourselves: 'Who can best represent the legacy of Madiba?" said Nelson Mandela Foundation head Sello Hatang when announcing Mr Obama as this year's choice. He added: "Who took the baton when he became president of his own country? Who would be able to deal with issues of democracy in a world ripped apart by corruption?' We needed an African person." Since its beginning in 2003, global leaders have used the lecture to speak about issues affecting South Africa, the continent and the world. Mr Obama and his family spent eight days in Tanzania's famous Serengeti National Park, before Mr Obama travelled to Kenya at the weekend to visit his ancestral home and now to South Africa.
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