On the 6th April 2000 Nelson Mandela visited  LSE on the occasion of his  lecture 'Africa and Its Position in the World.' held at the Peacock Theatre. He described his early years in a world of rampant disease, without clean water or electricity and one in which life was "brutish and short".  He asked that the assessment of Africa's achievements take into account its oppressed past and that he would follow other African leaders in stepping down to make way for the younger generation.

 

The speech can be downloaded at:

 

http://www.lse.ac.uk/newsAndMedia/videoAndAudio/channels/publicLecturesAndEvents/player.aspx?id=2149