JOHANNESBURG (CelebrityAccess) – Trevor Noah has been confirmed to host the Global Citizen Festival honoring Nelson Mandela’s centennial, on Sunday, Dec. 2 in Johannesburg, South Africa.
Noah, who was born in South Africa, will join a lineup of co-hosts/members of the host committee including Naomi Campbell, Sir Bob Geldof, Gayle King, Bonang Matheba, Tyler Perry, and Forest Whitaker. Headlining the event are Beyonce and Jay-Z, Ed Sheeran, Eddie Vedder, Pharrell Williams, Usher and Chris Martin. Oprah Winfrey has also been confirmed to deliver a special keynote address in honor of Mandela.
“Trevor is one of the most powerful broadcasters of our century — his life, comedy, and activism are a symbol of Mandela’s enduring vision and pursuit of equality for all,” said Global Citizen CEO and Founder Hugh Evans. “We are extremely grateful for his continued support of the Global Citizen movement. We could not be more excited to have him come home with us to Johannesburg for the Global Citizen Festival: Mandela 100.”
“It is an honour to be a part of the Global Citizen Festival event celebrating the life and legacy of Nelson Mandela,” added Noah. “I am where I am today living as a free South African because of much of what he did and so I’m beyond excited to be teaming up with so many others to pay tribute to the man in his home country.”
In conjunction with Global Citizen Fest, Noah’s The Daily Show, which airs in more than 110 countries, will produce a special episode that features highlights from the event. The episode will premiere on Comedy Central at 11 p.m. ET/PT.