Top highlights from Barack Obama's #NelsonMandelaLecture

Top highlights from Barack Obama's #NelsonMandelaLecture

Johannesburg played host to world leaders as icon of peace, Nelson Mandela's 100th birthday is celebrated. Former American President Barack Obama's appearance and lecture at the special 16th Nelson Mandela Annual Lecture was everything it promised to be and more.

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Current and former world leaders joined Barack Obama in paying tribute to Nelson Mandela at the Wanderers Stadium in Illovo, Johannesburg.

The Nelson Mandela Foundation organised this highly anticipated event to honour Mandela whose 100th birthday will be celebrated on the 18th of July.

Some of the dignitaries who joined the celebration of the life of Mandela included former Botswana President Ian Khama, Botswana's current President Mokgweetsi Masisi, former Liberian President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, former UN secretary-general Ban Ki-moon and Swaziland’s King Mswati III.

17.01: 'If they can learn to hate, they can be taught to love'

16.59: Obama's call to the world's youth

16.57: Right is right!

16.55: Obama - 'We've been through darker times.'

16.51: Obama on people being different - Maybe we can change their minds, or they can change ours

16.47: Obama on what we should expect from our leaders

16.38: Be proud of your heritage without bringing others' heritage down

16.34: Obama - 'Our differences are superficial and we should treat each other with care and respect'

16.30: It's not enough to protest, we're going to have to build

16.29: Obama - Humanbeings don't live on bread alone. But they need bread

16.26: Obama calls for more international cooperation

16.24: Work hard, work smarter - Obama

16.19: Obama: "Let me tell you what I believe."

16.01: Barack Obama speaks about a generation that has steadily become freer, healthier, wealthier...

15.53: Obama describes what he felt Madiba represented for people around the world

15.47: As Obama continues his lecture, he remembers the way the weak was exploited

15.46: Obama talks about the kind of world Madiba grew up in

15.46: Barack Obama reflects on Nelson Mandela's childhood

15.45: While most people were being serious, some humour showed its head with those following the event

15.41: South Africans appreciate the attitudes of South Africa's president and the former American president

15.41: Barack Obama addresses the crowd and makes an introductory joke

15.41: Barack Obama takes his place behind the microphone and South Africans give him a warm welcome - the Jozi way

15.32: President Ramaphosa addresses the crowd and remembers what Madiba taught South Africans

15.26: South Africans dedicate a moment to President Ramaphosa by singing "Phakama Ramaphosa"

15.26: President Cyril Ramahosa takes the stage at the Wanderers Stadium

14:59 Graça Machel, Mozambican politician and humanitarian, honoured Mandela by remembering what inspired him

14.26: Excitement could be felt in the air as those attending the event welcomed the hosts and speakers

14.25: Soweto Gospel Choir played South Africa's National Anthem with pride

14.12: Barack Obama takes his place on the stage

13.45: DA leader Mmusi Maimane queues outside the stadium with fellow South Africans

13.41: South Africans stand shoulder to shoulder with celebs who also came to celebrate Mandela

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Source: Briefly.co.za

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