Johannesburg - The Nelson Mandela Foundation said they chose former US president Barack Obama to deliver the 16th Nelson Mandela Lecture because he is passionate about active citizenship.
The 2018 Nelson Mandela Annual Lecture, in partnership with the Motsepe Foundation, is to be delivered by Barack Obama on Tuesday at Wanderers Cricket Stadium in Illovo.
The lecture is one of the foundation’s flagship programmes to honour the struggle icon. Every year since 2003, global leaders have used the lecture to raise topical issues affecting South Africa, Africa and the rest of the world.
Speaking to The Star, Nelson Mandela Foundation Director of Communications, Luzuko Koti said globally democracy is under threat and someone needs to interrogate this.
“We are dealing with a global community where democracy is at risk, where democracy is captured either by government, other forces including people who take advantage of our people. We wanted to interrogate this issue of captured democracies globally and here in South Africa but also looking at the legacy of Madiba, some level of analysis of active citizenship and we know the man [Barack Obama] is passionate about that from his leadership programmes.