Freedom Park Hosts the Inaugural Memorial Lecture of King Lewanika The First of the Barolotseland on Thursday 14 July 2016

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For Immediate Release

Freedom Park Hosts the Inaugural Memorial Lecture of King Lewanika The First of the Barolotseland on Thursday 14 July 2016.

The public is invited to the inaugural lecture of King Lewanika of the Barolotseland. His grandson   Prince Akashambatwa Mbikusita-Lewanika will deliver the lecture. Prince Akashambatwa’s topic is “INDEGENOUS AFRICAN NATIONALISM OVER CHANGING TIMES: The Case of Barotseland in the Southern African Liberation Struggle” 

The choice of this Memorial Lecture pays homage to the seven African Kings as Honorary Presidents of the Congress.  These were Dalindyebo of the Thembus; Montsioa of the Barolong; Lewanika of Barotseland; Letsie II of Lesotho Khama of Mangwato of Botswana; Marclane of Pondoland and Mopei of the Bakgatla. Of these royal heroes and heroines of the Southern African struggle, King Lewanika of Barotseland is the subject of the memorial lecture.  This is the African King from beyond the borders of South Africa after whom the first president of South Africa named his second son, Makgatho Lewanika after Sefako Mapogo Makgatho, the second president of the ANC and King Lewanika of Barotseland.

This memorial lecture is in line with Freedom Park’s mandate of expanding into new avenues of the Pan African Cross-Border and the African traditional leadership and its historical continuing relevancy in the Southern African Liberation Struggle.  This is a double step forward that brings into focus the varied and significant roles of one of several African Kings whose leadership and impact underscores both the multi-national and traditional African roots of the Southern African Struggle.

Details of the event are as follows:

Date: Thursday 14 July 2016

Time: 12h30- 17h00

Venue: Freedom Park, Pretoria


Event Coordinator: MK Malefane

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