The Oliver and Adelaide Tambo Foundation, together with the British High Commission and the Trevor Huddleston Memorial Centre, held an evening of recollection and reflection on the life of Oliver Tambo on the 22nd March 2017.
After being serenaded by Vicki Piri, seeing performances by the Soweto Gospel Choir and enjoying musical routines from brother-and-sister duo, Manna and Biko, and guitarist Bheki Khoza, the audience assembled in the hall and was captivated by Ambassador Abdul Minty, Lord David Steel of Aikwood and Ma Getrude Shope as they shared their memories of this great man with the audience. Lord Steele described Tambo as a compelling speaker while Ambassador Abdul Minty described him as a thorough man whose detail and foresight helped to ensure the success of the anti-apartheid movement. Ma Shope remembered him as a strict man who demanded accountability. Sharing his own narrative, Dali Tambo spoke of the close relationship that his father had with Trevor Huddleston, who influenced his opinion on everything from the schools Dali attended, to providing counsel when of Dali started hanging out in pubs.
The evening ended on a high note, with the Soweto Gospel Choir once again enthralling the audience with their melodies.
22 March 2017
Trevor Huddleston Memorial Centre