One man brings Jay-Z, Beyonce, Oprah, Ed Sheeran and all the stars to South Africa

The world’s most popular entertainers are converging in South Africa on December 2, 2018, to celebrate one African man who has led his country to freedom after spending 27 years in prison – Nelson Mandela.

It has been confirmed by the Global Citizen’s Mandela 100 campaign that Oprah Winfrey, Naomi Campbell, Gayle King, Bob Geldof, Tyler Perry and Forest Whitaker will host the Global Citizen Festival at the FNB Stadium in Johannesburg.

The free and ticketless event is part of the series of global events to celebrate the life of Nelson Mandela as the world celebrates his centenary year.

There is also a star-studded line-up of stars from Europe and the United States who will perform at the event including Beyoncé‚ Jay-Z‚ Ed Sheeran‚ Usher‚ Chris Martin‚ Pharrell Williams‚ Sir Bob Geldof, Eddie Vedder.

The African celebrities to grace the event include Cassper Nyovest, D’banj, Ed Sheeran, Femi Kuti, Sho Madjozi, Tiwa Savage, and Wizkid.

All the stars will campaign to end extreme poverty in honour of Madiba and his legacy. The campaign seeks to mobilise USD $1 billion in new commitments for the world’s poorest, with USD $500 million set to impact the lives of 20 million women and girls worldwide, says Global Citizen.

“These investments will be aimed at ending hunger and increasing access to good nutrition, ending neglected tropical diseases, reducing HIV/AIDS transmission rates, ensuring every child receives a quality education, leveling the law by reforming and repealing sexist laws, providing funding for women’s health and family planning, and ensuring access to clean water and safe sanitation worldwide,” it adds.

Other world leaders including South African President Cyril Ramaphosa, Amina J. Mohammed, Deputy Secretary-General of the United Nations, Prime Minister Erna Solberg of Norway and Nana Akufo-Addo of Ghana are expected to attend the event.

This article written by Ismail Akwei was first published on

Published by Ismail Akwei

Ismail Akwei is an international journalist, digital media and communications professional, editor, writer, arts, culture and tourism advocate, human rights activist, pan-Africanist, tech enthusiast and history buff. He has worked with multinational media companies across Africa and has over a decade’s experience in journalism.

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