“It is really up to us as the next generation. If we forget, the next generation will forget. If we fight, they will fight. They have never known the world without smartphones and it’s about immediate self-gratification. But they are also in danger because we are in the age of fake news. We are living in a polarised world — everybody has different opinions but there is no real substance behind it.
“If I post something about a young man from Soweto who just graduated and got a job, I will get 50 likes. If I post me at a club with two girls on each shoulder popping bottles I will probably get 1,000 likes. That is the world we are living in. So how do you navigate this world? How do you inspire and connect with young people?
“In New York we have the Mandela Institute for Humanity — here it is called Africa Rising [Foundation]. We have designed a leadership programme to inspire young people to lead in the same light as Nelson Mandela. He was disciplined, a visionary. He had tenacity, compassion for his people. What do each of these things mean and how do you apply it at home, at your workplace and in your community? So we have designed eight online masterclasses that will feature the likes of Anne Pratt, who taught the Nelson Mandela blueprint of leadership course at Harvard. It will feature Ilyasah Shabazz, daughter of Malcolm X, and hopefully, Bernice King will come on board, Martin Luther King’s daughter.
“The problem we have now is we have a president calling for unity, but what has he articulated? We need to unite for something, you can’t unite for the sake of uniting. I think we should unite for progress, for change. Why are we dealing with corruption for the past 20 years? We have become complacent. A person living in a shack wants to live in a house, we need to come together and work towards it.”