South African-born actress and activist, Charlize Theron, says she continues to be inspired by Madiba’s willingness to help the youth make a difference in their communities.
The 42-year-old was spotted among thousands of people at Wanderers Stadium in Johannesburg on Tuesday to witness former US president Barack Obama deliver the 16th annual Nelson Mandela lecture.
Theron, who’s a multi-award-winning international actress has also come to visit some of the organisations that are funded by her Africa-outreach project.
As South Africa celebrates the 100th anniversary of Nelson Mandela’s birth today, Theron has reflected on what she learned from meeting Madiba soon after she had won an Oscar for her role in the 2004 film ‘Monster”.
She says: “I think about him a lot. I think the piece of his messaging that always sits with me was his ability to not be condescending to youth and to really see the power that they bring to a nation.”
‘I think his encouragement to have every child be educated and then to bring them opportunities to be game changers within their communities and countries,” she adds.