South Africa’s Trevor Noah – the popular US news and satire The Daily Show – will be the main host for the Global Citizen while other famous names including Oprah Winfrey, Dave Chappelle, Zakes Bantwini and Nomzamo Mbatha and many more, are confirmed for free-ticketed event to be held on 2 December.
Oprah Winfrey has been confirmed as the celebrity who will deliver the special keynote address at the event continuing with the yearlong Mandela Centenary celebrations dedicated to honouring the freedom fighter’s legacy.
As announced to global jubilation by their fans, Beyoncé and Jay-Z, will headline the concert that will take place at the FNB stadium in Johannesburg. Other performers confirmed areCassper Nyovest, D’banj, Ed Sheeran, Eddie Vedder, Femi Kuti, Pharrell Williams & Chris Martin, Sho Madjozi, Tiwa Savage, Usher, and Wizkid.
Nandi Madida, Pearl Thusi, K Naomi, Lucas Radebe, Somizi, and Zakes Bantwini will also be there as advocates supporting the international event’s campaign to end extreme poverty in the world, which the late anti-apartheid hero strongly spoke against.
“It is an honour to be a part of the Global Citizen Festival event celebrating the life and legacy of Nelson Mandela,” said Trevor Noah. “I am where I am today living as a free South African because of much of what he did and so I’m beyond excited to be teaming up with so many others to pay tribute to the man in his home country.”
The Daily Show, which is seen in over 110 countries, will produce a special episode featuring highlights from the Johannesburg event on 3 December.
“South Africa has made unbelievable strides since the end of apartheid in 1994, yet it is still beset by economic trouble: more than half of the country’s youth population is unemployed and more than a quarter of South Africans still live in extreme poverty. With the Global Citizen Skills Program, we are committed to building economic and leadership opportunities for generations of South Africans to come. 2nd December isn’t the end of Global Citizen’s journey in South Africa, it is the beginning.” – says Kweku Mandela, executive producer, for the event.
Areas being highlighted through the event include calls to strong investments in health ( more so neglected diseases), water and sanitation, ending hunger and malnutrition by putting more pressure for African governments to increase their budgets in agriculture.
Global Citizen’s Mandela 100 Festival is presented by the Motsepe Foundation with support from others partners – Johnson & Johnson, Cisco, Nedbank, Vodacom, Coca Cola, Big Concerts, The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation and Eldridge Industries, with associate partners from HP and Microsoft.
Since the first Global Citizen Festival in New York in 2012, Global Citizen has grown into one of the largest, most visible platforms for people around the world calling on world leaders to honour their responsibilities in achieving the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals and ending extreme poverty by 2030.
Global Citizens have generated commitments and policy announcements from leaders valued at over $37.9 billion that are set to affect the lives of more than 2.25 billion people. This year alone Global Citizens have secured 29 commitments totaling over $2.9 billion that are set to affect the lives of more than 501 million people by 2030.