By Oluwatobi Opusunju
Nigeria’s Wizkid, Tiwa Savage, D’Banj, Femi Kuti alongside a lineup of international artistes that include Beyoncé and JAY-Z will headline a special Global Citizen Festival in honor of the life and legacy of anti-apartheid leader, Nelson Mandela on the 2nd of December.
The event, which is marking the 100th anniversary of the birth of Mandela, will take place at the FNB Stadium in Johannesburg, South Africa. The Nobel Peace Prize winner was born on 18th July 1918.
Other artistes who will be performing are Ed Sheeran, Usher, Eddie Vedder, a joint set from Pharrell Williams and Coldplay’s Chris Martin, Cassper Nyovest and Sho Madjozi among others.
According to the organizers, the Mandela 100 Festival, in partnership with the House of Mandela, will serve as the capstone event of Global Citizen’s year-long ‘Be the Generation’ campaign, inspired by the revered former leader of South Africa and his lifelong dedication to rallying people together to use their collective voices to speak for the most marginalized people.
“Responding to Nelson Mandela’s call for us to be the generation to end extreme poverty, artists and leaders will be joined by 100,000 Global Citizens who’ve taken action on the Global Citizen social advocacy platform to earn their free tickets to the festival at FNB Stadium in Johannesburg,” the announcement read.
“On 2 December at FNB Stadium, Global Citizens who earn their free tickets will see a music performance of a lifetime, as artists from around the world gather on our stage alongside world and corporate leaders, activists and advocates,” it added.
The hosts for the event include Naomi Campbell, Bonang Matheba, Sir Bob Geldof, Gayle King, Tyler Perry, and Forest Whitaker.
Media mogul, Oprah Winfrey is also billed to give a keynote address on Mandela’s legacy, even as a number of world leaders that include South African President, Cyril Ramaphosa and Deputy Secretary-General of the United Nations (UN), Amina J. Mohammed are expected to also attend.
Other world leaders attending are Norway’s Prime Minister, Erna Solberg and Ghana’s President Nana Akufo-Addo, who both serve as co-chairs of the UN Secretary General’s Advocacy Group for the Sustainable Development Goals; President Mokgweetsi Masisi of Botswana; Director-General of the World Health Organization (WHO), Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus; President of the UN International Fund for Agricultural Development, Gilbert F. Houngbo; Deputy Prime Minister of Belgium, Alexander De Croo; Ambassador Ertharin Cousin, Chair of Power of Nutrition and Peter Sands, Executive Director of the The Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria.
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