2018 is the late freedom fighter Nelson Mandela’s centenary and throughout the year numerous celebrations with be held across South Africa in honor of Madiba. The biggest of them all is the Global Citizen Festival Mandela 100 which is set to take place on 2 December 2018 at FNB stadium, Johannesburg.
This spectacular concert will have some of the biggest names in music such as Beyoncé, Jay-Z, Usher, Ed Sheeran, Chris Martin and Pharrel Williams. Africa’s brightest stars D’banj, Cassper Nyovest, Wizkid, Femi Kuti, Tiwa Savage and Sho Madjozi will also be holding it down.
The hosts of this event also happen to be the biggest names in entertainment. Amongst them are Oprah Winfrey, Gayle King, Naomi Campbell, Forest Whitaker, Tyler Perry, Sir Bob Geldof and South Africa’s own Bonang Matheba.
The Global Citizen campaign is the largest initiative to end extreme poverty all over the world. This campaign has 6 Global goals: ending poverty, zero hunger, good health and well being, quality education, gender equality, clean water and sanitation and life below water.
Their year long Be The Generation campaign is inspired by Nelson Mandela’s life’s work of rallying for the marginalized and giving a voice to the voiceless. It is an answer to Madiba’s call that this be the generation to destroy inequality and end extreme poverty.
There wil be 100,000 tickets available in total for the festival, of these 70,000 will be free. Hugh Evans, CEO of Hloba Citizen says that the tickets have to be earned by doing your part in alleviating extreme poverty. “You have to go to globalcitizen.org and sign up. Then you recruit your friends and family to join and gain more points. Over the next 6 weeks you will learn more about it,” he said.