A Bingo Challenge for Mandela?

United States President Barack Obama’s stepmother, Kezia, hopes to challenge Nelson Mandela to a game of Bingo during her visit to South Africa.

“I love Mandela,” said the 66-year-old, who is in the country to raise money for Viva Bingo‘s selected charity, Operation Hunger.

“I love that he’s so friendly to people and that he helps people.”

Obama, the first wife of Barack’s Kenyan father, plays bingo regularly in England.

Obama, wearing a red, blue and white scarf with the names of all the US presidents, said on Monday that she was glad she could use her celebrity status to help needy people in Africa.

Percy Shabalala, the operations director of Viva Bingo, said 100 percent of the proceeds generated from the charity Bingo games this week would be donated to Operation Hunger, which fights malnutrition throughout the country.

From Wednesday to Saturday, Obama will play at Viva Bingo Westgate in Roodepoort, Viva Bingo Reds in Centurion, Viva Bingo Alberton, Viva Bingo Kolonade in Pretoria, and Viva Bingo at Centurion Lake.

All the prizes for the charity Bingo games have been donated by community businesses.

By Laura Ashbaugh

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