iflix, the world’s leading entertainment service for emerging markets, and international advocacy organisation, Global Citizen, recently announced that iflix will be a broadcast partner for the Global Citizen Festival: Mandela 100, which will take place on Sunday, 2 December 2018 at the FNB Stadium in Johannesburg, South Africa.
iflix will bring the festival to fans in 13 countries and territories including Indonesia, Malaysia, Philippines, Thailand, Vietnam, Bangladesh, Pakistan, Cambodia, Sri Lanka, Nepal, Brunei, Myanmar and the Maldives. The collective reach of the broadcast partners will deliver the largest reach of any television broadcast of a Global Citizen event to date.
Beyoncé & JAY-Z, Cassper Nyovest, D’banj, Ed Sheeran, Eddie Vedder, Femi Kuti, Kasey Musgraves, Pharrell Williams & Chris Martin, Sho Madjozi, Tiwa Savage, Usher, and Wizkid will headline the first Global Citizen Festival to be held in Africa.
Trevor Noah will host the Global Citizen Festival: Mandela 100 with co-hosts Naomi Campbell, Dave Chappelle, Sir Bob Geldof, Gayle King, Bonang Matheba, Nomzamo Mbatha, Tyler Perry, and Forest Whitaker.
Oprah Winfrey will deliver a special keynote address at the Festival remembering Nelson Mandela and his legacy.
Craig Galvin, iflix Global Head of Content, said, “Global Citizen Festival: Mandela 100 brings some of the world’s biggest and most powerful names in entertainment together in this historic, epic event celebrating the life and legacy of Nelson Mandela. We are thrilled to partner with Global Citizen to make the event available to users across Asia for free, adding to our ever-growing premium live streaming event offerings.”
Leaders set to address the Global Citizen Festival: Mandela 100, include South African President Cyril Ramaphosa, Amina J. Mohammed, Deputy Secretary-General of the United Nations, Prime Minister Erna Solberg of Norway and President Nana Akufo-Addo of Ghana, who both serve as co-chairs of the UN Secretary General’s Advocacy Group for the Sustainable Development Goals, President Mokgweetsi Masisi of Botswana, President Paul Kagame of Rwanda, chair of the African Union; President Uhuru Kenyatta of Kenya; His Excellency Benedict Bengioushuye Ayade, Governor of Cross River State, Nigeria; Mrs. Graca Machel, UN Sustainable Development Goals Advocate; The Rt Hon Patricia Scotland QC, Secretary-General of the Commonwealth; Dr. Jim Kim, President of the World Bank; Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka, United Nations Under-Secretary General and Executive Director of UN Women; and Ambassador Deborah Birx, U.S. Global AIDS Coordinator & U.S. Special Representative for Global Health Diplomacy; Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, Director-General of the World Health Organization, Alexander De Croo, Deputy Prime Minister of Belgium, David Beasley, Executive Director of the World Food Programme, Ambassador Ertharin Cousin, Board Director of The Power of Nutrition, and Peter Sands, Executive Director of the The Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria.
The December event is the culmination of Global Citizen’s “Mandela 100” campaign in partnership with the House of Mandela; a series of global events honouring the life and legacy of Nelson Mandela in his centenary year.
The Global Citizen Festival: Mandela 100 will be presented and hosted by The Motsepe Foundation, with major partners, Johnson & Johnson, Cisco, Nedbank, Vodacom, Coca Cola SA, Big Concerts, Harmony, House of Mandela, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation Goalkeepers, Eldridge Industries, and Associate Partners, HP and Microsoft.
Since the first Global Citizen Festival in New York in 2012, Global Citizen has grown into one of the largest, most visible platforms for people around the world calling on world leaders to honour their responsibilities in achieving the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals and ending extreme poverty by 2030.
Global Citizens have generated commitments and policy announcements from leaders valued at over R544 billion (USD37.9 billion) that are set to affect the lives of more than 2.25 billion people. This year alone Global Citizens have secured 29 commitments totaling over R108.2 billion (USD7.6 billion) that are set to affect the lives of more than 501 million people by 2030.