Former US President Barack reacts after President Cyril Ramaphosa joked about his dancing  as he sits next to Professor Njabulo Ndebele at the Wanderers cricket stadium in Johannesburg. Picture: Marco Longari/AFP
Former US President Barack reacts after President Cyril Ramaphosa joked about his dancing as he sits next to Professor Njabulo Ndebele at the Wanderers cricket stadium in Johannesburg. Picture: Marco Longari/AFP
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Picture: Themba Hadebe/AP
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President Cyril Ramaphosa talks to former US President Barack Obama at the 16th Nelson Mandela annual lecture, marking the centenary of the anti-apartheid leader's birth, in Johannesburg, South Africa. Picture: Siphiwe Sibeko/Reuters
President Cyril Ramaphosa talks to former US President Barack Obama at the 16th Nelson Mandela annual lecture, marking the centenary of the anti-apartheid leader's birth, in Johannesburg, South Africa. Picture: Siphiwe Sibeko/Reuters
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Picture: Marco Longari/AFP
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Picture: Marco Longari/AFP
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Former US President Barack Obama delivers the 2018 Nelson Mandela Annual Lecture at the Wanderers cricket stadium to a crowd of 15,000 people. Picture: Gianluigi Guercia//AFP
Former US President Barack Obama delivers the 2018 Nelson Mandela Annual Lecture at the Wanderers cricket stadium to a crowd of 15,000 people. Picture: Gianluigi Guercia//AFP

Johannesburg - The 16th Nelson Mandela Annual Lecture was delivered by former US President Barack Obama on Tuesday to mark 100 years since Mandela's birth. 

Obama delivered the 45-minute lecture at the Wanderers Cricket Stadium where about 15 000 people were in attendance. 

He said one of the principles Mandela taught him was that "we're bound together by common humanity but I still have to stand here today and say out differences are superficial.

"It's amazing to still have to stand here and do that but it turns out that in reactionary politics, the struggle for social justice not truly finished," he said.

Other speakers included Graça Machel, President Cyril Ramaphosa, Patrice Motsepe and Chairperson of the Nelson Mandela Foundation, Professor Njabulo Ndebele.

The theme of the annual lecture in the Mandela's centenary year was “Renewing the Mandela Legacy and Promoting Active Citizenship in a Changing World”.

The lecture has drawn dignitaries from all over the world including Sir Richard Branson and Princess Charlene of Monaco as well as local and global media.

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