Barack Obama Will Deliver This Year's Nelson Mandela Lecture in Johannesburg

The former US president will give the annual speech to commemorate Mandela's centennial.

Every year the Nelson Mandela Foundation invites prominent figures to Johannesburg to discuss pressing social matters affecting the global community for its 16th annual Nelson Mandela Lecture. This year, that figure is none other than former US president Barack Obama.

This year's theme is "Renewing the Mandela Legacy and Promoting Active Citizenship in a Changing World." 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.

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A Tribute to the Late Apartheid Struggle Veteran, Winnie Madikizela-Mandela

Reflections on the great legacy of Winnie Mandela, "Mother of the Nation"

After battling a long illness, Winnie Madikizela Mandela, Mother of the Nation, passed away this afternoon at the Milpark Hospital in Johannesburg surrounded by her loved ones. Her death has left the entire country in mourning.

When many think of Winnie, they think of her former husband Nelson Mandela. And while this is true, Winnie was her own woman and a fiercely passionate one at that. Though she may not have been imprisoned for 27 years or become president of the ANC, without her contribution and continued work during the apartheid struggle, this country would not have achieved what it eventually did in 1994.

When Winnie met Nelson Mandela as a young woman, she couldn't have imagined at that point in time, just how drastically her life would change. And when they eventually married, it was clear that the man she loved, loved politics and his country above all else, but she grew to understand this—difficult as it was. She and her children endured the numerous arrests and imprisonments, and the long periods he spent away from them as a result of his political activities within the ANC, which had been forced to operate underground. Perhaps this was all to prepare her for the biggest blow that would eventually come: the infamous Rivonia Trial which resulted in the imprisonment of Nelson Mandela on Robben Island for close to three decades.

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Winnie Mandela Has Died

The anti-aparthied leader, politician and former wife of the late Nelson Mandela was 81.

Winnie Mandela has passed away at the age of 81. South African media confirmed the news on Monday afternoon. Her family will has released a statement on Monday, stating that Mandela had been in and out of the hospital since the beginning of the year battling an undisclosed illness.

Born Nomzamo Winifred Madikizela-Mandela, the former first lady married Nelson Mandela in 1959, just four years before he was sentenced to life imprisonment for treason. They had two children together.

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