The Nelson Mandela Annual Lecture Series invites prominent people to encourage debate on important social issues. The series is a significant event on the Nelson Mandela Foundation’s calendar, and encourages people to enter into dialogue – often about difficult subjects – in order to tackle the challenges we face today.

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Previous speakers include former US president Bill Clinton, Archbishop Desmond Tutu, Nobel laureate Wangari Maathai and Liberian President Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf.

The 2018 Nelson Mandela Annual Lecture, in partnership with the Motsepe Foundation, is to be delivered by former US President Barack Obama in Johannesburg.

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To mark the centenary of Madiba’s birth, the lecture’s theme will be “Renewing the Mandela Legacy and Promoting Active Citizenship in a Changing World”. The Nelson Mandela Annual Lecture will therefore focus on creating optimal conditions for bridging divides, working across political lines, and resisting oppression and inequality.

The lecture will take place on 17 July 2018, a day before Nelson Mandela International Day, and will be held at the Bidvest Wanderers Stadium in Johannesburg. About 9 000 people are expected to attend.

Want to attend the lecture? We have a set of double tickets to give away! Simply fill in the form below.

Winners will be announced on 25 June 2018. Johannesburg entrants only.

Nelson Mandela Annual Lecture: Entry Form