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While Obama didn't directly name his successor President Donald Trump, he countered many of his policies implicitly by talking about the values Mandela advocated including acceptance and diversity, the right to education for all and the sanctity of truth and democracy.

His call for action came a day after Obama appeared to indirectly criticize President Trump while delivering the 2018 Nelson Mandela Annual Lecture in Johannesburg.

"Women, in particular, by the way, I want you to get more involved", Obama said while hosting a town hall for young African leaders in South Africa.

Ingraham said that Obama was attempting to write Trump off as a "Putin-like dictator".

On climate change, he attacked the entrenched scepticism shown by Trump and others American conservatives in the face of scientific evidence.

Addressing 200 students at the African Leadership Academy in Johannesburg, the former U.S. leader said there were many "different ways in which you can effectuate change". If you start (by) saying it is an elaborate hoax. where do we start? It used to be that if you caught them lying, they'd be like, oh man - now they just keep on lying.

Barack Obama is to deliver the annual Nelson Mandela lecture in South Africa in a rare public appearance since he stepped down as U.S. president.

This is Obama's first visit to Africa since leaving office in early 2017.

Obama's speech is expected to highlight how the Nobel Peace Prize victor, who was imprisoned for 27 years, kept up his campaign against what appeared to be insurmountable odds to end apartheid, South Africa's harsh system of white minority rule.

It was an implicit rebuke of President Trump's "America First" policies, delivered at a moment when Trump was scolding North Atlantic Treaty Organisation allies for what he saw as inadequate defense spending - something Trump did again last week.

"I really appreciate it that Obama spoke out against Trump", 25-year-old management consultant Karabo Tima told AFP after attending the speech.

"We see our brothers and sisters trying to seek a better life in the states, and we know that America was built on the backs of black people and they don't get the recognition".

Besides the new 4-part miniseries, Singh also produced a "Mandela documentary collection" that will also be broadcast on the Mandela 100 channel on DStv, and include Beyond Long Walk To Freedom, Countdown To Freedom, Prisoners Of Hope, A Hero For All, Viva Madiba as well as the film produced specifically to commemorate what would have been Nelson Mandela's 100th birthday, Celebrating Mandela One Hundred.

It was the second major speech from Obama in South Africa in two days after a previous stop-off in Kenya.

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