It’s official, Nelson Mandela’s centenary year is turning out to be the gift that keeps on giving. A Channel24 news report just confirmed that Beyoncé, Jay Z, Naomi Campbell, Usher, Oprah Winfrey and Gayle King are headed to South Africa in December for the Global Citizen Festival. Naomi Campbell, Usher, Oprah and Gayle are no strangers to our shores, but the news that has our faces most animated is the fact that Beyoncé will finally grace South Africa with her long-awaited presence.
This is all thanks to the first Global Citizen Festival to be held in Africa. It will be ‘a free-ticketed event on Sunday 2 December 2018 at the FNB Stadium in Johannesburg,’ reports Channel24. Not only will the event be hosted by a parade of legends (Oprah Winfrey, Gayle King, Naomi Campbell, Bob Geldof, Tyler Perry and Forest Whitaker), the line-up of performers is out of this world too. Heating up the stage will be Beyonce, Jay-Z, Usher, Ed Sheeran, Pharrell Williams, Coldplay’s Chris Martin, Femi Kuti, Tiwa Savage, D’banj and Wizkid, as well as local artists Sho Madjozi and Cassper Nyovest.
With such a lengthy list of hype-inducing public figures, the event has got to have your curiosity sparked.
So what exactly is the Global Citizen Festival?
This festival marks the peak of Global Citizen’s six-month-long Mandela 100 campaign, in partnership with the House of Mandela, created to honour the late Nelson Mandela’s legacy in his centenary year. As a result, this festival will also be attended by:
- South African President Cyril Ramaphosa
- UN Deputy Secretary General Amina J Mohammed
- Prime Minister Erna Solberg of Norway
- President Nana Akufo-Addo of Ghana (he and PM Solberg serve as co-chairs of the UN Secretary General’s Advocacy Group for its Sustainable Development Goals)
- Director-General of the World Health Organization, Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus
- Alexander De Croo, the deputy prime minister of Belgium.
Alright, FOMO activated. But how do you get a pass to see Beyoncé?
- Activists and music enthusiasts can sign up on www.globalcitizen.org.za today to appeal to world leaders and lobby for change for the poor, and for the rights of women and girls everywhere.
- Start using your keyboard for a good cause by emailing world leaders, signing petitions and using social media to generate commitments in support of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals.
- As of 21 August 2018, you can look forward to earning your free tickets to the Global Citizen Festival.
In the meantime, we can all start creating our playlists of all the hits we think Bey will perform on 2 December. Our money’s on ‘I was here’ definitely making the cut.