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.
Spoken in Dutch & English
Building a World Beyond Them and Us.
The Nelson Mandela Lecture is an initiative of ZAM Magazine with support from the Nelson Mandela Foundation, Johannesburg.
Committee of Recommendation: Femke Halsema (Mayor of Amsterdam), Conny Braam (writer, former chairman of the Anti-Apartheid Movement Netherlands), Mpho Tutu (pastor), Adriaan van Dis (writer), Marjan Goslings (former judge), Zakes Mda (writer / artist), Henk Wals (director International Institute of Social History) and Hennah Draaibaar (producer).
Watch the program of the first Nelson Mandela Lecture spoken by the South African writer and opinion maker Sisonke Msimang, 10 February 2019 here.
Portrait Young Mandela - courtesy Marlene Dumas
About Elnathan John
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