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Louds Cheers for Obama as #NelsonMandelaLecture kicks off

Former US president Barack Obama is set to deliver the annual Nelson Mandela lecture at the Wanderers Stadium in Johannesburg in front of a crowd of 9 000.

Obama who is expected to speak in 30 minutes time, was greeted with loud cheers when he arrived the Wanderes Stadium.


Mandela died in 2013, but his status as a global icon is undiminished, and his struggle against Apartheid made him a prisoner for 27 years.

While the two men met once, briefly in 2005, Obama gave the eulogy at Mandela’s funeral, where he said the former South African President: “makes me want to be a better man”

Obama’s speech comes on the eve of “Mandela’s 100” anniversary.

The “Mandela 100” anniversary has triggered a bout of memories and tributes to the late anti-apartheid leader, as well as a debate over his legacy and South Africa’s fate since he stepped down in 1999.

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