The World Comes Together to Celebrate 100 Years of Mandela

South Africa Attracts an A-lister Line Up for Mandela Centenary Celebrations

18th July (also known globally as Mandela Day) 2018 marks the passage of a century since the birth of the great South African revolutionary, Nelson Mandela. The Nelson Mandela Foundation will mark this year by investing their efforts in building a values-based society by a host of programs and initiatives.

South African government launched a set of limited edition bank notes and gold coins to mark the 100th anniversary of the birth of the late President Nelson Mandela. The launch will form a part of the events across the world, culminating locally in an annual Mandela Day lecture by former U.S. President Barack Obama.

With Barack Obama setting the tone for this year’s celebration, 2018 will also be iconic in its bringing together of the crème da le crème of the world to celebrate the legacy of Madiba. Among the many ways in which the learnings and memories of Madiba are being brought alive, the most anticipated is the Global Citizen Festival which will be headlined by celebrity couple Beyoncé and Jay-Z.

Scheduled to take place in Johannesburg in December, Global Citizen Festival will see popular celebrities play their part in paying homage to Nelson Mandela and alleviate extreme poverty.  In what would be “the greatest that Global Citizen had ever put together” as described by the Global Citizen CEO, Hugh Evans – the festival will see performances by artists like Cassper Nyovest, D’banj, Ed Sheeran, Eddie Vedder, Femi Kuti, Pharrell Williams, Chris Martin, Sho Madjozi, Tiwa Savage, Usher, and Wizkid. The festival’s hosts include Naomi Campbell, Sir Bob Geldof, Gayle King, Bonang Matheba, Tyler Perry, and Forest Whitaker.

The who’s who of the world coming together only bears testament to the fact that by any measure, Nelson Mandela’s impact, both locally and globally, has been unparalleled.

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