Beyoncé and Ed Sheeran lead a great solidarity festival in honor of Mandela

Beyoncé, Jay Z, Ed Sheeran and Chris Martin, among many others, will lead on Sunday the massive Global Citizen Mandela 100, a special edition of this solidarity festival that is organized in Johannesburg on the occasion of the centenary of the hero of the struggle against apartheid "

The event will take place at the FNB Stadium in the former black ghetto district of Soweto - the same venue that hosted the final of the 2010 soccer World Cup, with a capacity for 95,000 people - and will be attended by heads of state and government and the relatives of the South African Nobel Peace Prize.

On the top of the musical poster also appear names like Pharrell Williams, Eddie Vedder (leader of the band Pearl Jam), Usher or the "dj" South African Black Coffee; while television stars such as Trevor Noah and Oprah Winfrey or ex-model Naomi Campbell will act, among others, as masters of ceremony.

Before them will have tens of thousands of enthusiasts who in recent months won their tickets not in exchange for money, but with small efforts to tackle the main problems of the world, thus becoming "global citizens".

Those interested in attending had to earn points through fight and awareness actions against, for example, poverty and malnutrition, AIDS or pollution and climate change.

Donating blood, helping to clean up Johannesburg, getting free tests for the virus that causes AIDS (HIV) or demanding solutions from politicians through social networks were some of the initiatives that were rewarded.

The call of the Global Citizen Mandela 100 resulted in more than 5 million shares - 80% of them made in South Africa and the neighboring countries of Lesotho and Eswatini (former Swaziland) - since last July, which is more than a thousand per hour.

Given the relevance of the event, presidents such as the South African Cyril Ramaphosa, the Rwandan Paul Kagame and the Kenyan Uhuru Kenyatta have already confirmed their attendance, together with representatives of numerous international institutions such as the Deputy Secretary General of the UN, Amina J. Mohammed, or the President of the World Bank (WB), Jim Yong Kim.

The organization hopes that, in this framework, the different world leaders will reach commitments worth a billion dollars to protect the most vulnerable.

The Global Citizen festival is held annually in New York with the eradication of poverty as a goal and first-line musical performances selected by Coldplay's leader, Chris Martin.

This special edition in Johannesburg is sponsored by the South African Motsepe Foundation and Casa Mandela, with the support of multiple sponsors.

The most famous of the heroes of the fight against racial segregation in South Africa would have turned 100 on July 18, a date that was celebrated not only in his country but throughout the world in recognition of his global legacy of defense of the human rights.

Nelson Mandela was also the first president of South African democracy (1994-1999) and on December 5 will be five years after his death.


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