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OBAMA TO DELIVER 16TH MANDELA LECTURE IN SOUTH AFRICA

Former president Barack Obama will deliver the annual Nelson Mandela memorial lecture at a 4,000-capacity arena in Johannesburg in July. Obama met with Mandela in 2005 and eulogized him at his death five years ago, saying “(Mandela) makes me want to be a better man.” The lecture marks 100 years since the birth of the anti-apartheid icon. Under the title “Renewing the Mandela Legacy & Promoting Active Ci ...

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PRESIDENTIAL RACE TAKES AN UNEXPECTED TWIST IN NIGERIA

Next year’s race for the presidency in Nigeria just got a lot more interesting as a crusading journalist – an upstart known for exposing the millions and billions stolen by a national “loot-ocracy” – announced his candidacy for the nation’s top job. As news spread that the journalist, Omoyele Sowore, was testing the waters for national office, President Muhammadu Buhari, age 75, reminded Nigerians that he t ...

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IN SOUTH AFRICA, PAIN AND SHOCK AT PASSING OF WINNIE MADIKIZELA MANDELA

Tributes to anti-apartheid icon Winnie Madikizela Mandela filled the South African radio air waves this week as news of her untimely passing reached the far corners of the nation and the continent. Heart-rending classics from the American songbook - from The Song for Mama by Boyz to Men to Donny Hathaway’s A Song for You – expressed the somber mood in the nation while social media filled with remembrances b ...

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