Kumi Naidoo

  • South African human rights activist Kumi Naidoo will deliver the fifth Mary Robinson International Human Rights lecture in Ballina this Friday.

    Kumi Naidoo is a former general secretary of Amnesty International and was the first African head of Greenpeace.

    His lifelong work as a social justice campaigner was sparked by his experiences as a young man of South Africa's notorious apartheid regime.

    His anti-apartheid activities led to multiple arrests and his ultimate exile in England, where he was a Rhodes scholar at Oxford University, earning a PhD in political sociology.

    Kumi travels to Ballina this Friday to deliver his lecture at the Ballina Arts Centre at 2pm.

    The lecture will be followed by a discussion between Mr Naidoo and Ireland's former President Mary Robinson, facilitated by journalist Olivia O'Leary.