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Video: Is Thabo Mbeki’s “I am an African” a great speech or the greatest speech. Period?

Say what you will about Thabo Mbeki but he is pure class. Besides being the quintessential statesman, he is also one of the greatest orators of all time. We mean that sincerely. Mbeki at the peak of his powers can hold his own against Martin Luther King Jr, Barack Obama, Winston Churchill, you name them. Unlike those storied names, Mbeki does get enough respect for his oratorical gifts. We figured we’d do our part to change that so we took a deep dive into the archives to plug the speech he is most well known for: “I am an African”. Enjoy!

Former South African President Thabo Mbeki was a worthy successor to Nelson Mandela and certainly surpassed “Madiba” in at least one respect: political oratory. Mbeki, while he was still vice president, pulled out all the stops on 8 May 1996, on the occasion of the passing of the new Constitution of South Africa when he gave his famous “I am an Africa” speech. No one ever had a better job audition. 

Here for your viewing pleasure, is the speech in full. 

So, is this the greatest Mbeki speech or simply the greatest speech ever given.

Tell us what you think