Beyoncé, Jay-Z, Wizkid, Tiwa Savage to headline Africa festival honoring Mandela


Its up again for the 2018 Global Citizen Festival.

Set to hold in South Africa, this year’s event will celebrate Nelson Mandela’s 100th birthday anniversary and call for an end to extreme poverty across the world.

International stars JAY-Z, Beyonce, Usher Ray, Ed Sheeran, Chris Martin, and Pharrell Williams, will be joined by South Africa’s Cassper Nyovest as well as Nigeria’s Tiwa Savage, D’banj, Wizkid and Femi-Kuti at the event.


The Global Citizen Festival rallies musicians, politicians and thought leaders to influence citizens on a global scale and take actions that influence government policies. The festival hopes to inspire social activism leveraging a combination of celebrities using their star power, global leaders publicly committing to make a difference and youths gathering together for an exciting experience.

The campaign aims to raise $1 billion for initiatives working to end global hunger, increase access to good nutrition for adolescent girls, reduce HIV/AIDS transmission rates, advocate for quality education, provide funding for women’s health, ensure access to clean water and safe sanitation worldwide and more.

This Nov. 29, 2003 file photo shows former South African President Nelson Mandela, kissing U.S. singer Beyonce Knowles, at the Nelson Mandela AIDS Benefit Concert in Cape Town, South Africa. It is announced Monday July 9, 2018, that Beyonce and Jay-Z will headline a special Global Citizen Festival in South Africa to honor Mandela as part of events marking the 100th anniversary of the birth of the anti-apartheid leader and Nobel Peace Prize winner. Image: AP