Nelson Mandela lecture
The Nigerian writer, satirist and lawyer Elnathon John (1982) will deliver de 2020 Nelson Mandela Lecture. The lecture, as part of a multi-faceted programme including dance, music and poetry, will bring you ideas, experiences and perspectives for a world of freedom, equality and justice.
start at 15:30 uur
language Dutch & English
As a remarkable and dynamic voice, John is a multiple award winning author. His essays and blogs were published by The Guardian, Sunday Trust, Le Monde Diplomatique, The Economist, ZAM Magazine and Chimurenga Chronic amongst others. Elnathan John is an independent thinker and witty critic of power abuse and self-aggrandizement. He is feared for his sharpness and admired for his courage and superb writing.
His first novel, Born on a Tuesday, published in 2015, is translated in French and German. In 2019 Be(coming) Nigerian and his first comic book in collaboration with Alaba Onajin, On Ajayti Crowther Street, followed in 2019. John was also a judge of the 2019 Man Booker Prize for Literature.
(c) Image: Dirk Skiba
The internationally acclaimed dancer and choreographer Gregory Maqoma and members of his company will perform three short new choreographies. Gregory Maqoma is regarded as one of the most talented new generation artists in South Africa.In his performance at the Nelson Mandela Lecture, Maqoma will be accompanied by Giuliano Modarelli (guitarist), Shanell Winlock (dancer) & Xolisile Bongwana (singer).
Multitalented and much acclaimed jazz singer from Cape Town Melanie Scholtz has made an impressive international career. Scholtz incorporates South African folk music as well as her mother tongue Xhosa language click sounds and rythms. Her performance at the Nelson Mandela Lecture is inspired by the works of South African poet James Matthews. The album that resulted from a collaboration with the poet was born out of a need to create and facilitate change. Matthews will join the Nelson Mandela Lecture by video.
Actor, singer and playwright of Iranian descent Saman Amini will join the Nelson Mandela Lecture with a confronting provocative and humorous stand up, for which he is widely and wildly appreciated.
Other participants in this years Nelson Mandela Lecture program: Adriaan van Dis en Noraly Beyer.
The Nelson Mandela Lecture and cultural programme is an initiative by ZAM Magazine with the support of the Nelson Mandela Foundation, Johannesburg.
Patrons: Femke Halsema (Mayor of Amsterdam), Conny Braam (writer, former President of the Dutch Anti Apartheid Movement), Mpho Tutu (reverend), Adriaan van Dis (writer), Marjan Goslings (former judge), Zakes Mda (writer/visual artist), Henk Wals (director of the International Institute for Social History) and Hennah Draaibaar (producer).
Watch the inaugaral lecture at 10 February, 2019, by South African writer and opinionista Sisonke Msimang here.
Image Nelson Mandela: Portrait of Young Nelson Mandela, Marlene Dumas.