Barack Obama to deliver Nelson Mandela speech In Johannesburg

Former United State of America Barack Obama is going to deliver the annual Nelson Mandela speech in Johannesburg on Tuesday. This is the first time Obama will be travelling to South Africa since his exit from the White House.

The event in partnership with Motsepe Foundation comes a day before South Africa commemorates 100 years of Nelson Mandela.   The event is themed, “Renewing the Mandela Legacy and Promoting Active Citizenship in a Changing World”.

The Nelson Mandela Foundation highlighted on their website what the talk will be focusing on. “Creating conditions for bridging divides, working across ideological lines, and resisting oppression and inequality”.

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The chief executive of the Mandela Foundation Sello Hatang highlighted why Obama was the right person to deliver the speech. “We thought to ourselves; who can best represent the legacy of Madiba? Who took the baton when he became the president of his own country? And who would be able to deal with issues of democracy in a world ripped apart by corruption? We needed an African person.


Approximately  9000 people are expected to attend the event and the former US president will deliver a 45-minute speech in the afternoon.

There are other international dignitaries who are attending the event including former UN secretary-general Ban-kin Moon. Former Liberian President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, former Botswana president Ian Kharma and Swaziland’s King Mswati III will be in attendance.

The President of the Republic of South Africa will welcome Barack Obama to the event. He will, later on, attend a dinner at Nasrec Expo.

Mandela children and grandchildren will also be amongst those who are attending the event and paying tribute to their late father.

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