Beyoncé and her husband Jay-Z will be headlining the Mandela 100 event on December 2nd to pay homage to the late Nelson Mandela.

This will be Beyoncé’s first time performing in South Africa since 2004, so there is much anticipation surrounding the event. 

Other performers on the setlist include Ed Sheeran, Chris Martin, Pharrell Williams, D’banj, Femi Kuti, Sho Madjozi, Tiwa Savage and Wizkid. Many other artists from varying genres will also be present. 

Oprah Winfrey will deliver the keynote address while Naomi Campbell, Sir Bob Geldof, Gayle King, Tyler Perry and Forest Whitaker will host the Global Citizen Festival.

The non-profit Global Citizen network believes that the concert is “the biggest campaign on the Global Goals to end extreme poverty ever.”

Held in Johannesburg’s FNB Stadium, Mandela 100 will honor the fifth anniversary of the anti-apartheid martyr’s death.

As the first global citizen festival held in Africa, the founders are hoping that it will inspire young South Africans to contribute to their local communities.

Nelson Mandela is known for emboldening young people and marginalized groups to create change. Continuing in that tradition, the founders are allowing individuals to earn free tickets. They can do this by participating in Johannesburg’s local social affairs and global citizen platforms until August 21st.


Tickets will be available for purchase starting July 11th.

Throughout Mandela’s 100th year, the Mandela 100 campaign initiated various events with the intent of eradicating extreme poverty. The organization’s aim is to raise $1 billion for initiatives focused on ending poverty and its symptoms. An estimated 50 percent of the funds will benefit the lives of girls and women across the globe.

Mandela was the first black and democratically elected president in South Africa. Fighting to end the apartheid system that plagued his country, he spent 27 years in prison. Years after his initial incarceration, he was awarded the 1993 Nobel Peace Prize for the peaceful abolition of apartheid.

Click here for information on earning free tickets.


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