By Patricia Uyeh
Mark your calendars as Nigeria music superstars, Wizkid, Tiwa Savage, D’Banj, Femi Kuti alongside international artistes like Beyoncé and JAY-Z would be headlining a special Global Citizen Festival.
This event, which is set to hold on December 2nd, serves as honour to promote the legacy of late anti-apartheid leader, Nelson Mandela. It would also be marking the 100th
anniversary of the birth of Mandela. It would be taking place at the FNB Stadium in Johannesburg, South Africa.
Other artistes on the line up of performance include 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.
In an announcement, they said:
“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,”
“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,”
The hosts for the event include Naomi Campbell, Bonang Matheba, Sir Bob Geldof, Gayle King, Tyler Perry, and Forest Whitaker. Other VIPs expected to grace this event include media mogul, Oprah Winfrey, Norway’s Prime Minister, Erna Solberg and Ghana’s President Nana Akufo-Addo, 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 and Peter Sands.