Highlights of the 2018 Global Citizen Festival: Mandela 100

The Global Citizen Festival brought together actors, musicians and celebrities from South Africa and the USA in raising money and awareness on international poverty. Hosted in Johannesburg, South Africa on 02 December.

The festival also paid tribute to former South African President Nelson Mandela’s legacy as this year South Africa celebrated 100 years since his birth. Television mogul Oprah Winfrey gave a memorable speech at the festival. Oprah highlighted the need for every individual to build their own legacy even if it’s one small step every day.

South African President Cyril Ramaphosa who was also in attendance announced that the festival had raised close to $7 Billion to alleviate extreme poverty and help fund education across the world. Other celebrities at the festival include entertainer  Somizi Mhlongo, comedians Trevor Noah and Dave Chappelle, Supermodel Naomi Campbell and International musicians like Jay-Z and Pharrell Williams.

The Festival which also aired live on SABC 1 and DStv Channel 199, with performances of South Africa’s own Cassper Nyovest and international icon Beyonce who closed out the night with fans roaring.


By Mokgethi Mtezuka’

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