The countdown has begun and in less than a month the most anticipated concert of the year will take place in our very own backyard. By now you should already know that I am talking about Global Citizen! Beyoncé and Jay-Z, Cassper Nyovest, D’banj, Ed Sheeran, Femi Kuti, Pharrell Williams, Chris Martin, Sho Madjozi, Tiwa Savage, Usher and Wizkid will be headlining, and I will be covering the event exclusively for Marie Claire. So basically, you can say my name in the same sentence as King Bey!

Our very own Trevor Noah will host the festival alongside co-hosts Naomi Campbell, Dave Chappelle, Gayle King, Bonang Matheba, Nomzamo Mbatha and Tyler Perry, with a special keynote delivery from a fave! Oprah Winfrey; as she remembers Nelson Mandela and his legacy.

Although the event is set to be a star-studded festival experience, it will also be attracting world dignitaries such as Mrs Graça Machel, the founder and chairperson of the Graça Machel Trust, and UN Women executive director, Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka, among others.

‘Everyone has the right to live their life without the threat of violence. This holds for all people, no matter what their gender, age, race, religion, ethnicity or caste, and irrespective of their income level, sexual orientation, HIV status, citizenship, where they live, or in any other characteristic of their identity,’ said Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka. ‘Yet the forces of shame, fear of reprisal and impact of not being believed, continue to silence the voices of millions of survivors of violence and masks the true extent of women’s continued experience of this, the greatest blight of our time.’

The festival has been successful in its pressure and call to world leaders to make commitments at the event around issues associated with extreme poverty, gender equality, food security, education, the environment and global health. World leaders, NGOs and leading corporations will announce major commitments, including our very own president Cyril Ramaphosa, who is set to address the festival and make a pledge.

Graça Machel and prime minister Erna Solberg of Norway will showcase the leadership of South Africa in the fight against HIV, in support of the Global Fund’s 6th Replenishment Conference in 2019 at which it hopes to raise billions more in funding from the international community to continue this fight.

Since the 18th of July, South Africa, Swaziland and Lesotho together have taken 3.71 million actions, totalling at 33 423 actions per day, which includes your various tweets, emails, posts and shares online. Who said social media isn’t changing the world?

‘Nelson Mandela inspired us all to use our voices and actions to eradicate poverty. Each one of us can take small, impactful steps towards the great goal of ensuring every person lives in dignity, peace and equality. I am proud to join Global Citizen in celebrating Madiba’s legacy and urging young people to be the generation to end extreme poverty in our lifetime,’​ says ​Graça Machel.

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The past week has been a buzz on social media with more fans who have taken part in the action, winning tickets for the festival. If you weren’t one of the lucky individuals, do not despair as there is still a chance to enter. For more information on how to join the movement and secure a spot, visit GlobalCitizen and follow @GlblCtzn on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram and YouTube, using #BeTheGeneration.