By Jackson C. Clay, Jr.
Former Liberian President, Madam Ellen Johnson Sirleaf has departed the country for Johannesburg, South Africa based on request by the Nelson Mandela Foundation.
Former President Sirleaf who left the country over the weekend is expected to partake in the observance program marking the centennial birth anniversary of the foundation founder, Nelson Mandela.
The Nelson Mandela Foundation host an annual lecture every year as one of its flagship program to honor its founder, Nelson Mandela, thus, since 2003, global leaders have used the lecture to raise tropical issues affecting South Africa, Africa and the world at large.
The program which started on July 17, 2018, a day before Nelson Mandela International day, and is held under the theme “Renewing the Mandela Legacy and Promoting Active Citizenship in a Change world” at the Bidvest Wanderers Stadium in Johannesburg.
This year, 2018 annual lecture would focus on creating condition for bridging divides, working across ideological lines and resisting oppression and inequality.
The Nelson Mandela annual lecture is a unique platform to drive debate on critical issues in South Africa and the world as a whole and this year’s keynotes speaker is former American President, Barack Obama.
Those in attendance include national and international guests, former United Nations Secretary General (UNSG), Ban Ki-moon, former Botswana President, Ian Khama, Swaziland’s King Mswati III, former Italian Prime Minister, Matteo Renzi and former Liberian President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf.
Meanwhile, the six annual lectures were delivered by former President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf on the 12 of July 2008 in Kliptown, South Africa on the theme “Behold the New Africa,” where she stressed the importance of transparent, accountable government and the need to fight corruption.