SOAS University of London

SOAS and the South African High Commission in London to celebrate centenary of birth of anti-apartheid politician and revolutionary O.R. Tambo

20 April 2017

This year South Africa will celebrate 100 years since the birth of the anti-apartheid politician and revolutionary Oliver Reginald Tambo, who served as President of the African National Congress from 1967 to 1991.


Above: Oliver Tambo

To mark this occasion, SOAS University of London with the South African High Commission and its partner, the Oliver & Adelaide Tambo Foundation, will host a panel discussion ‘Retracing O.R. Tambo’s path towards liberation and the dawn of democracy in South Africa’ on 26 April in the SOAS Brunei Gallery Lecture Theatre.

The speakers include:

Chair: Professor Deborah Johnston, Pro-Director (Learning and Teaching) SOAS

  • Archibald Sibeko, a former anti-apartheid activist who worked closely with O.R.Tambo
  • Brian Filling, The South Africa Honorary Consul in Scotland and former anti-apartheid
  • Ken Keable, author of London Recruits
  • Moderator: Richard Dowden, Director of the Royal African Society

The event will also feature live mbira music by Kudaushe Matimba and a poetry reading by spoken word artist Leeto Thale.

The panel debate form part of a series of global events celebrating the life of O.R. Tambo in eight countries around the world.

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