Toby Shapshak // Obama Returns To Africa For Mandela Tribute Lecture // Obama Returns To Africa For Mandela Tribute Lecture – “In South Africa, the Obama Foundation will convene 200 extraordinary young leaders from across the continent and I’ll deliver a speech to mark the 100th anniversary of Nelson Mandela’s birth. Kenya, of course, is the Obama ancestral home. I visited for the first time when I was in my 20s and I was profoundly influenced by my experiences – a journey I wrote about in my first book, Dreams from My Father”.

During racial tensions in Charlottesville last year, Obama quoted Mandela in a tweet: “No one is born hating another person because of the color of his skin or his background or his religion …”

During his last visit to Africa, in July 2015, Obama praised Kenya’s tech entrepreneurs when he visited the country of his father birth: “This continent needs to be a future hub of global growth, not just African growth”.

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