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The stars literally took South Africa by storm on the 2nd of December, with the Nelson Mandela Global Citizen Music Festival.


The weight of the global event could be felt right from the airport when Queen Bey and her family, Jay-Z, Blue Ivy, Sir and Rumi Carter arrived South Africa on Thursday.

Of course, she brought down the FNB stadium, Johannesburg, South Africa where the event held with her epic performance of songs from her and Jay-Z’s ‘Everything Is Love’ album.

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Wizkid, Tiwa Savage, D’banj and Femi Kuti also joined Beyoncé and other A-listers including Jay Z, Usher and Ed Sheeran on stage at the event.


This year’s festival was in honour of the late South African President, Nelson Mandela with the hopes to inspire social activism with the aim of ending extreme poverty by 2030, leveraging on the star power of celebrities from around the world to make a difference in the lives of youths.

The festival turned out to be a huge success, according to the festival’s website, as over 5.65 million actions led to 58 commitments and announcements worth $7,207,436,824 (ZAR 163,089,720,094), set to affect the lives of 137,368,628 people.

Wizkid was among the first set of artists to take to the stage performing a number of his global hit anthems like ‘Ojuelegba’, ‘Soweto Baby’, ‘Daddy Yo’, ‘Soco’ and a mash up with the Soweto Gospel Choir.


D’banj’s performance was electrifying with his signature dance moves, which he showed off shirtless on stage performing hits like Oliver Twist,

Also, Oprah Winfrey gave an inspiring speech about the lasting legacy of the former South African President and world-renown philanthropist, Nelson Mandela.

Before introducing South African President Cyril Ramaphosa, Oprah—who has called Mandela, also known as Madiba, both a friend and legend—delivered an inspiring keynote address about what we can all learn from Nelson Mandela’s legacy. She also spoke about what, she believes, it truly means to be a global citizen. Her words drew cheers from the crowd of nearly 100,000 people.

See photos and videos from the event below:



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Tiwa Savage performing:

Femi Kuti performing:

Wizkid on stage:

See clips of Cassper Nyovest’s performance:

D’banj performing:

Pharrell performing:

Usher on stage:

Tyler Perry was even there:

Queen Bey and her husband brought down the entire stadium:

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