|Beside the fact that it will be a star-studded, Global Citizen Festival honors the life and legacy of Nelson Mandela / Photo by Flickr|
Global Citizen Festival is not your typical festival because it is much more than that. Aside from helping to end extreme poverty through the Global Goals, this event also honors the life and legacy of the former president of South Africa, Nelson Mandela.
According to an article by the Global Citizen, this festival will be having a star-studded lineup such as Beyoncé, JAY-Z, Casper Nyovest, D'banj, Ed Sheeran, Tiwa Savage, Usher, Wizkid, Eddie Vedder, Femi Kuti, Pharrell Williams & Chris Martin, Sho Madjozi, and many more. The event will happen in South Africa in December and corporate leaders will be joining in to present the biggest campaign on the Global Goals.
Additionally, the Global Citizen Festival Mandela will be hosted by several popular personalities such as Naomi Campbell, Bonang Matheba, Sir Bob Geldof, Gayle King, Tyler Perry, and Forest Whitaker. In an interview, Oprah Winfrey, who will speak at the festival said, “Nelson Mandela's life story is a testament to the power of the human spirit and one man's ability to change the world by standing up for what he believed in. It is one of the great honors of my life to have spent so much time with him, and I look forward to celebrating his courageous life.”
For the past years, the Global Citizen's campaign has stayed true to its commitment to ending poverty. It focuses on the first six Global Goals such as zero hunger, ending poverty, quality education, good health and well-being, gender equality, and clean water and sanitation. The great thing is the festival tickets are free by earning points. A number of artists coming from different parts of the world will gather in one stage along with corporate leaders, activists, and advocates.
Many of the global leaders are expected to attend, including South African President Cyril Ramaphosa, Deputy Secretary-General of the United Nations Amina J. Mohammed, Norway’s Prime Minister Erna Solberg, Ghana’s President Nana Akufo-Addo, and many more.