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African National Congress President Nelson Mandela salutes the crowd in Galeshewe Stadium near Kimberley, South Africa, before a forum on Feb. 25, 1994.
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How UK Global Citizens Can Earn a Free Trip to Global Citizen Festival Mandela 100 in South Africa

Global Citizen is heading to South Africa for the biggest campaign on the Global Goals to end extreme poverty ever. 

On December 2, Johannesburg’s FNB Stadium will host Global Citizen Festival Mandela 100, in proud partnership with the Motsepe Foundation. And we’re pretty excited. 

Beyoncé, JAY-Z, Cassper Nyovest, D’banj, Ed Sheeran, Eddie Vedder, Femi Kuti, Pharrell Williams & Chris Martin, Sho Madjozi, Tiwa Savage, Usher, Wizkid, and Kacey Musgraves will be there. 

Take action: Call on World Leaders to Stop the Preventable Deaths of 5 Million Mothers and Children

And now, we’re giving our Global Citizens in the UK the chance to earn tickets, flights, and accommodation for two for four nights this December — so you can be there too. 

All you need to do is sign up to be a Global Citizen (if you’re not already!) and take action with us to stand with women and children all over the world. 

Every year, 5 million mothers and children die from entirely preventable conditions — including teenage girls who become pregnant early and are exposed to health risks during childbirth; new babies, born prematurely or underweight because their mother was malnourished; and kids who don’t have vaccines, safe water, or nutritious food. 

You can help by signing our petition here to call on world leaders — particularly the UK, Germany, France, and Canada — to invest in the Global Financing Facility and ensure no woman or child dies from preventable causes. 

Take action: Call on World Leaders to Stop the Preventable Deaths of 5 Million Mothers and Children

This action is part of our Be the Generation campaign — which is running throughout the year that would have marked 100 years since Nelson Mandela’s birth. 


The campaign is entirely inspired by Mandela’s lifelong dedication to rallying people together to use their collective voices to speak up for the world’s most marginalised people. 

And the year-long campaign will culminate in the festival in South Africa — a historic event featuring a once-in-a-lifetime lineup, hosted by Trevor Noah, and co-hosted by the likes of Naomi Campbell, Sir Bob Geldof, Forest Whitaker, and Dave Chappelle. They’ll be joined by Bonang Matheba, Gayle King, Tyler Perry, and Nomzamo Mbatha. 

That amazing lineup will be joined by leaders from Africa and all over the world who will to make commitments to help the world’s poorest, most vulnerable people.

Take action: Call on World Leaders to Stop the Preventable Deaths of 5 Million Mothers and Children

Global Citizen’s campaign aims to rally $1 billion in new commitments, with $500 million of that set to impact the lives of 20 million women and girls worldwide. 

The campaign focuses on the first six of the UN’s Global Goals: ending poverty, zero hunger, good health and well-being, quality education, gender equality, clean water and sanitation, as well as the goal to improve life below water. 

Kweku Mandela, a grandson of Nelson Mandela, said: “My grandfather installed in me the need to use your voice and actions to champion the struggles of your community. He believed that poverty is man-made and could be eradicated by our actions.”

“I am proud to be a part of a movement that reflects this and use citizen power to drive real change,” he said. 

Take action: Call on World Leaders to Stop the Preventable Deaths of 5 Million Mothers and Children

We’ve hosted festivals in London, New York, Mumbai, and Hamburg — bringing thousands of people together for a night of music and celebration. And the effects of commitments made by world leaders because of Global Citizens’ actions are set to reach 2.25 billion people worldwide. You can find out more about our impact here.

As always for Global Citizen festivals — tickets are free, and are given to people who have taken action with us to help end extreme poverty. 

Johannesburg’s FNB Stadium will be packed with Global Citizens who have earned their tickets through taking action on some of the world’s most pressing issues. 

So join us, take action here, and you’ll be in with a chance of earning your place in the crowd! 

We can honour Mandela’s legacy, and we can be the generation to end extreme poverty.

You can find out everything you need to know about the competition and prize here. If you’ve got any more questions about Global Citizen, the Global Citizen Festival Mandela 100, or our impact, you can find our FAQs here, or email 

The Global Citizen Festival: Mandela 100 is presented and hosted by The Motsepe Foundation, with major partners House of Mandela, Johnson & Johnson, Cisco, Nedbank, Vodacom, Coca Cola Africa, Big Concerts, BMGF Goalkeepers, Eldridge Industries, and associate partners HP and Microsoft.