- US former president Obama is scheduled to deliver a speech in South Africa in July, 2018
- The ex-president will address a gathering of young African leaders shortlisted for leadership workshops and training
Former President Barack Obama will deliver a high-profile address in July marking the 100th anniversary of Nelson Mandela's birth as he continues to shape his post-White House platform, CNN reports.
The July 17 speech, which was announced on Monday, April 23, will be paired with a five-day gathering of young African leaders that will include workshops and training, as well as a town hall with Obama.
NAIJ.com gathered that The Obama Foundation said it had received 10,000 applications for the 200 available slots in the program.
The program is reportedly in continuation of efforts Obama began while in office to cultivate young leaders through leadership training programs and town halls.
During his last trip to Africa as President, Obama convened a meeting with young people in Nairobi to discuss social issues and leadership strategies. He held similar events in South America and Asia.
Obama has traveled extensively abroad in his post-presidency, both for leisure and to deliver speeches. He appeared alongside German Chancellor Angela Merkel last summer and held a roundtable for young people in Singapore. He has also met with the leaders of France, China and Canada.
Obama, whose father was from Kenya, visited Africa several times as president, though he never met Mandela on those trips as the anti-apartheid leader was ailing. They had met once earlier, in 2005, when Mandela was visiting the United States.
Obama has spoken and written extensively on Mandela's influence in his life, including inspiring his early political activism.
In 2013, Obama flew to South Africa to speak at Mandela's funeral.
NAIJ.com previously reported that US president, Donald Trump and First Lady Melania, former presidents and first ladies Obama and Michelle, and Bill Clinton and Hillary were among dignitaries that mourned former first lady Barbara Bush.
A spokesman for the family, Jim McGrath, announced Barbara’s death on Tuesday, April 17, at the age of 92, after a series of hospitalisation. Trump ordered flags be flown at half-mast in her honour.
The president recalled Bush for her commitment to spreading literacy, and as an “advocate of the American family.”
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