Tag Archives: Nelson Mandela

Obama announces ‘African summer read’


Former US president Barack Obama has tweeted a list of books by African authors that he recommends for his annual summer reading list.

They include: Things Fall Apart by Chinua Achebe, A Grain of Wheat by Ngugi wa Thiong’o, Long Walk to Freedom by Nelson Mandela, Americanah by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie and The Return by Hisham Matar.

Mr Obama said the authors were the “best writers and thinkers – each of whom illuminate our world in powerful and unique ways”.

He made the announcement ahead of his trip to the continent, which will see him visit his ancestral home in Kenya and then head to South Africa where he will deliver the annual Mandela Day lecture.

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250,000 for a night in Mandela’s prison


An auction is being held in South Africa for the opportunity to spend a night in Nelson Mandela’s former prison on Robben Island.

A charity is taking bids, opening at $250,000 (£330,000), to allow 67 people to stay overnight in the old maximum-security jail, where the former South African anti-apartheid leader spent 18 of his 27 years behind bars.

The event is being organised by a group known as CEO Sleepout to mark the day Mandela, who died in 2013 at the age of 95, would have turned 100.

It says bids close at midnight local time on 17 July, the day before his birthday.