The 6th Annual Robert Sobukwe Memorial Lecture


The Vice-Chancellor of the University of Fort Hare, the CEO of the Steve Biko Foundation and the CEO of the Robert Mangaliso Sobukwe Trust cordially invite you to the 6th Robert Sobukwe Memorial Lecture to be delivered by Professor Kwandiwe Kondlo, Director, Centre for Africa Studies, University of the Free State.

Date: Thursday 17 March, 2011

Time: 14 :30 for 15 :00

Venue: The Science Auditorium, Alice Campus, University of Fort Hare, Alice

RSVP Details: Due to limited space, seating will be done on a first come, first serve basis.

Please reply by Monday, March 7, 2010 to

Mr. Bruce Waters, bruce@sbf.org.za; (011) 403-0310;


Launched in 2003, The Robert Sobukwe Memorial lecture is an initiative of the Steve Biko Foundation and the University of Fort Hare. The lecture commemorates the legacy of the late Pan Africanist, who early on articulated the importance of African unity and the need for an African Renaissance. Accordingly, the gathering focuses on developments in Africa that have a bearing on the realization of Sobukwe’s vision.

This initiative has become a national ritual of collective remembrance. To date, the Robert Sobukwe Memorial Lecture has been delivered by such renowned speakers as:

* Professor Eskia Mphahlele;
* Archbishop Emeritus Njongonkulu Ndungane;
* Advocate Dumisa Ntsebeza;
* His Excellency Pierre Buyoya of Burundi; and
* Minister Adama Samass├ękou of Mali.


In 2011, in commemoration of Human Rights Day, the Memorial Lecture will be delivered Professor Kwandiwe Kondlo, of the University of the Free State.


Kwandiwe Merriman Kondlo obtained his PhD from the University of Johannesburg. His doctorate covered exile liberation movements in southern Africa, with a special focus on the Pan Africanist Congress. He is currently the head of the Centre for Africa Studies at the University of the Free State, a multidisciplinary research and post-graduate centre which was launched in November 2007. Previously, he served as Executive Director of the Programme of Democracy and Governance at the Human Science Research Council in South Africa.


The Steve Biko Foundation, the University of Fort Hare and the Robert Mangaliso Sobukwe Trust are extremely privileged to host Professor Kondlo for this timely exploration of the Pan African Legacy.

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