Barack Obama to deliver Mandela Lecture on South Africa trip in July


Islamabad 23 April, (TNS): Former United States president Barack Obama will deliver the annual Nelson Mandela memorial lecture at an arena comprising a capacity of 4000 in July in Johannesburg, South African organisers announced on Monday.

Obama, who met the great in 2005 and who made an emotional address on Mandela’s funeral, will speak at the lecture marking 100 years since the anti-apartheid icon was born.

Head of the Nelson Mandela Foundation, Sello Hatang said.”We will be looking forward to hosting former President Barack Obama, as he will be addressing this esteemed Nelson Mandela annual lecture,”

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

Obama would spend five days in Johannesburg and hold meetings, workshops, and training for 200 young people in his most significant international project as an ex-president.

In his funeral address, Obama said Mandela “makes me want to be a better man” and hailed him as “the last great liberator of the 20th century“.