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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.


Former speakers include Kenyan Nobel Laureate Wangari Maathai, Archbishop Desmond Tutu, Bill Clinton, Bill Gates and former UN secretary-general Kofi Annan to name a few.

"We thought who can [better] represent the legacy of Madiba than the person who we believe took on the baton when he became president of his own country," said Sello Hatang, the foundation's chief executive. Adding that the foundation wanted someone of "African heritage" to give this year's address.

The lecture is a way to celebrate both men's outstanding legacies. "We hope that it will again be a significant moment for the two legacies to join," added Hatang.

Obama will deliver his lecture on July 17 at Ellis Park Arena in Johannesburg, just one day ahead of what would have been Mandela's 100th birthday.

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Former Nigerien President Mamadou Tandja Has Died

Niger's former President Mamadou Tandja has reportedly passed away at age 82. The Nigerien government has announced a three-day national mourning period.

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South African Designer Thebe Magugu Becomes International Woolmark Prize Finalist

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Thebe Magugu has reportedly been announced as one of six finalists in the 2021 International Woolmark Prize, according to IOL. The multi award-winning fashion designer from South Africa is gunning for the annual prize which is reportedly worth over two million Rand (approximately USD 131 140). Magugu is contesting against five other finalists from around the world including Nigerian designer, Kenneth Ize. Magugu won the highly acclaimed 2019 LVMH (Louis Vuitton Moët Hennessy) award and made history as the first African to do so. This might just be another win for the young designer and we're certainly here for it.

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Sho Madjozi Shares Tracklist from New Mixtape 'What A Life'

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Sho Madjozi has shared the official tracklist for her new mixtape What A Life ahead of its official release this Friday. The AFRIMMA award-winning rapper revealed she has some fire collaborations with several music heavyweights on What A Life. Manu WorldStar, Makhadzi, Thomas Chauke, Russian Army, DJ Mfundhisi and Sunglen Chabalala feature on the nine-track mixtape. Sho Madjozi recently took to Twitter to share the colourful mixtape album cover and tracklist.
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Burna Boy, Tinariwen, Michael Kiwanuka & More Nominated For 2021 Grammy Awards

The Nigerian star and Tuareg band are nominated in the newly named Best Global Music Album category.