Pakistani Nobel laureate and education advocate, Malala Yousafzai, has been confirmed as the speaker for the 21st Nelson Mandela Annual Lecture in Johannesburg, South Africa, as announced by the Nelson Mandela Foundation (NMF).
Verne Harris, the Acting Chief Executive of NMF, took to the platform X (formerly Twitter) to share the news. He mentioned that the lecture is scheduled for December 5, 2023, which holds special significance as it coincides with the tenth anniversary of Nelson Mandela's passing.
Harris praised Malala, stating that she embodies the kind of leadership needed across all levels of society. He emphasized that, given the current global challenges that can appear daunting, Malala serves as an inspiring symbol of hope for a more just and equitable future.
Malala's selection as the speaker for the Nelson Mandela lecture is a remarkable achievement, making her the youngest person to ever deliver this prestigious address.
In 2014, Malala made history by becoming the youngest-ever recipient of the Nobel Peace Prize at just 17 years old, in honor of her dedicated work towards children's rights and education.
On the other hand, Nelson Mandela, a figure of immense renown, needs little introduction. He assumed the role of South Africa's first black president in 1994 and was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 1993 for his tireless efforts in promoting racial reconciliation in a nation scarred by racial division.
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