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.