Barack Obama to speak at annual Mandela lecture in Johannesburg

Louise Gubb via Getty Images                       Then-U.S. president Barack Obama speaks at the memorial for Nelson Mandela at the FNB stadium in Johannesburg

Barack Obama might be a former president, but he's still globally leaving a legacy of tolerance.

Obama will deliver his lecture on July 17 at Ellis Park Arena in Johannesburg, just one day ahead of what would have been Mandela's 100th birthday.

Hatang said the foundation had been seeking someone with "an Africa heritage" to deliver an address that will "deal with issues of democracy" facing the world today.

The Nelson Mandela Foundation will on Monday launch the annual commemoration of the late South African statesman.

"We thought who can [better] represent the legacy of Madiba than the person who we believe took on the baton when he became president of his own country", said Sello Hatang, the foundation's chief executive.

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"These remarkable individuals will be a part of our largest and most ambitious leadership group to date: the Obama Foundation Leaders: Africa", Bernadette Meehan, who is leading the program as its chief global officer, said in a statement.

Meanwhile, former President Nelson Mandela's personal assistant Zelda La Grange said that as the world marks 100 years since Madiba's birth, it needs to do self introspection as the world has dropped its moral bar.

Former Nelson Mandela lecture speakers include Bill Clinton, Thabo Mbeki, Kofi Annan, Bill Gates and Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu.

As a build-up to the lecture and Mandela Day, citizens are encouraged to make every day a Mandela Day.

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