Former President Barack Obama's first speech on the African continent since leaving the White House was not about his successor. However, it was clear that his lecture on the occasion of the 100th birthday of former South African President Nelson Mandela aimed to adopt the philosophies of the late anti-apartheid leader and not those of some "strong" captains.
"I believe in Nelson Mandela's vision I believe in a vision of Gandhi and [Martin Luther] King and Abraham Lincoln I believe in a vision of equality, justice, freedom and multi-ethnic democracy based on the premise that all People are the same, "said Obama.
Obama has often talked about how much Mandela, a liberal leader with activist roots, has influenced him. He also gave a speech at the 201
Obama criticized the direction taken by some world leaders. He said that promoting a political world view rooted in other people could have tragic consequences.
"Countries that trust in xenophobia – after all, these countries are plagued by a civil war or an out-of-the-way war.Check history books and history shows how easily people can be turned against others," he said.
Ever since Obama entered the Oval Office, the use of social media has spread to global elections, propagating political conspiracy theories, and bully pulpit for political leaders. With countries in Africa and elsewhere trying to engage even more digitally, Obama warned that at worst, social media could be used to cause divisions and spread hate and lies. US intelligence concludes that the Russian government's interference in the 2016 elections involved manipulation of Facebook
Social media "is now used to spread hate, paranoia and conspiracy theories instead of knowledge, ideas and cultural connections"] Obama's speech was attended by many local and national political leaders in Africa. He condemned the prevalence of lies that come discouraging from the highest levels of government.
"Unfortunately, too much politics today seems to reject the notion of objective truth – people just do things," he said. "We see the complete loss of shame among political leaders, where they are trapped in a lie, and they just double themselves, and they lie even more."
Whether voters and politicians around the world Obama's message, agenda and politics is unclear. More likely now, Obama's legacy, perhaps particularly internationally, will try to show people that the new world order under Trump is not normal.