Trevor Noah has been announced as the host for the Global Citizen #Mandela100 festival to be held at the FNB stadium in Joburg on December 2. Talkshow host Oprah Winfrey will be delivering a keynote speech paying tribute to Nelson Mandela.
And joining them will be US comedian Dave Chappelle and local actress Nomzamo Mbatha along with supermodel Naomi Campbell, musician and philanthropist Sir Bob Geldof, US talkshow host Gayle King, local celebrity Bonang Matheba and actors Tyler Perry and Forest Whitaker.
Nomzamo Mbatha said, “I’m so proud to be standing alongside Global Citizens who are dedicated to shaping humanity and advocating for systemic change and living a life full of purpose. Nelson Mandela’s legacy implores and challenges us to live a life of service to each other and especially the marginalised.”
In addition, K Naomi, Lucas Radebe, Nandi Madida, Pearl Thusi, Somizi, and Zakes Bantwini will join as Global Citizen: Mandela 100 Advocates to join the worldwide campaign to fight poverty.
Performing so far are headliners Beyoncé & JAY-Z, multi-Grammy award winner Kacey Musgraves Cassper Nyovest, D’banj, Ed Sheeran, Eddie Vedder, Femi Kuti, Pharrell Williams, Chris Martin, Sho Madjozi, Tiwa Savage, Usher, and Wizkid.
Global Citizen said in a statement: “In conjunction with the Festival, The Daily Show with Trevor Noah, which is seen in over 110 countries, will produce a special episode featuring highlights from the Global Citizen Festival: Mandela 100 event. The episode will have its premiere in the United States on Monday, December 3 at 23H00 p.m. ET/PT.”
The August 21 announcement kicks off Action Journey 1, the first opportunity for fans and activists to earn their tickets to the event. Actions include:
- Asking Nigeria’s State Governors to invest in water and sanitation
- Urge Zambia to help children live free from hunger and malnutrition
- Call on the Finance Ministers of Ghana, Tanzania, and Kenya to lift millions from poverty by raising the agriculture budget
- Ask Rwanda to help end neglected tropical diseases and improve nutrition across Africa.
Locally, in an exciting collaboration, Global Citizen announced they are partnering with the City of Johannesburg, and supported by Executive Mayor Herman Mashaba, ‘on a city-wide cleanup campaign to improve the environment, cut plastic use, and promote a healthy lifestyle’. Starting on September 15, Joburg residents can participate in ‘three cleanup sessions from September to November, for the chance to win free tickets to the Global Citizen Festival: Mandela 100’.
Global Citizen is also including the youth, saying they are ‘supporting youth skills development, through a number of local efforts as part of the commitment to build skill and leadership opportunities in South Africa’. The organisation has initiated the Global Citizen Fellowship Program, which offers a year-long paid fellowships to ‘young South Africans to gain valuable work experience across four key areas of the Global Citizen model: content, campaigns, marketing, and events’
They are also partnering with Tshepo 1 Million supported by Harambee Youth Employment Accelerator, a youth skills empowerment initiative by the Gauteng Provincial Government. According to their website, ‘Harambee is an independent, not-for-profit social enterprise that works with individual businesses, government agencies, local and international donors, industry sector associations, youth-serving organisations, assessment specialists, behaviour change experts and technology providers’. They will source, train, and manage 75 young, unemployed volunteers for the Global Citizen Festival: Mandela 100.
Also in a formal partnership with Global Citizen is House of Mandela, which as part of the offical programme will pay tribute to Madiba and his legacy.
In an amazing achievement, ‘Global Citizens have generated commitments and policy announcements from leaders valued at over R547 billion which will improve the lives of more than 2.25 billion people. So far in 2018, Global Citizens have secured 29 commitments totalling over R42 billion that are set to affect the lives of more than half a billion people by 2030’, said the organisation.