Danai Gurira Joins Host Committee for Global Citizen Festival: Mandela 100

Written by on November 27, 2018

The ‘Black Panther’ star will be on hand alongside Trevor Noah, Naomi Campbell, Dave Chappelle, and Tyler Perry to celebrate Nelson Mandela’s centennial on Dec. 2 in Johannesburg.

With less than a week away from the Global Citizen Festival’s celebration of Nelson Mandela’s centennial, on Sunday, Dec. 2 in Johannesburg, Black Panther star Danai Gurira has been added to the festival’s host committee.

The actress joins a lineup of co-hosts/members confirmed to host Global Citizen Festival: Mandela 100 at the FNB Stadium including Naomi Campbell, Dave Chappelle, Sir Bob Geldof, Gayle King, Bonang Matheba, Nomzamo Mbatha and Tyler Perry.

The Daily Show’s Trevor Noah will also serve as a host, with the festival marking his first time emceeing an event of this caliber in his native country of South Africa.

The festival will also mark the first time Global Citizen will take place in Johannesburg, with the festival already having campaigned in places such as Vancouver, London and Brussels.


Among the event’s headliners are Beyonce and Jay-Z, Ed Sheeran, Eddie Vedder, Kacey Musgraves, Pharrell Williams, Usher and Chris Martin.

Since the festival’s inception in New York in 2012, Global Citizen has grown into one of the largest, most visible platforms for young people calling on world leaders to fulfill their obligations around sustainable development and end extreme poverty by 2030.

Traditionally, Global Citizen events do not require tickets to attend but rather encourages attendees and the public to “take action” in tackling important issues instead. To abide by this tradition, the organization will reward free tickets to the event for those who have taken action on world issues including asking Nigeria’s state governors to invest in water and sanitation, urging Zambia to help children live free from hunger and malnutrition, among other acts.

Since July 18, Global Citizens in South Africa, Swaziland, and Lesotho have taken 4.2 million actions, totaling 32,711 actions per day, approximating to 1,354 actions taken each and every hour.


The event marks a big year for the organization, as Global Citizen held its annual festival on the Great Lawn of Central Park in New York in September. Headliners for the fall event included Janet Jackson, The Weeknd, Shawn Mendes, Cardi B, and Janelle Monae.

iHeartMedia will also be on hand to broadcast from FNB Stadium during the event. The festival will air on 150 radio stations across the U.S. and be live streamed via the iHeartRadio app. Charlamagne Tha God – multimedia personality, best-selling author and co-host of iHeartMedia’s The Breakfast Club, the popular morning show syndicated on Hip-Hop and R&B stations nationwide – will be on site and will host the iHeartMedia broadcast.

The Global Citizen Festival: Mandela 100 will air on MSNBC on Sunday, Dec. 2 from 9 p.m. to 12 a.m. ET. The broadcast will be hosted by MSNBC’s Reverend Al Sharpton and Joy Reid.

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