The annual Global Citizen Festival seeks to bring together people of the world, artists and world leaders to ‘Take Action’ on the plan that focuses on empowering girls, children and women, defending the planet and creating change.
The Global Citizen six-week campaign ended with a nine-hour music festival across two stages; commencing in the iconic Black Star Square in Accra, Ghana, and ending in Central Park, New York City.
The 20,000-capacity Black Star Square Accra Ghana was home to the Festival, which started with an opening speech by the President of Ghana, Nana Akufo-Addo, who encouraged his citizens to stay on the path of patriotism and support causes that seek to sustain the future.
Usher, the show’s top performer, brought Nigerian artists Oxlade, Pheelz and Tiwa Savage on stage at different times. Ghanaian-British rapper Stormzy and Rapper Sarkodie stepped up their lyrical prowess with their back-to-back hit songs.
Ghanaian sensation, Gyakie, delivered enthralling acts when she got on the stage to sing for the attendees.
In a magnificent entrance, dancehall musician Stonebwoy made it to the arena on a horse before mounting the stage to delight the fans with his music.
Global Citizen yesterday said the 2022 Global Citizen Festival campaign has culminated in over $2.4 billion in commitments to end extreme poverty. The 2022 campaign saw 2 million actions taken by global citizens as part of Global Citizen’s mission to End Extreme Poverty NOW, more than doubling the record previously set by the international advocacy organization.
On the Global Citizen Festival: Accra stage, the governments of Ghana and South Africa announced the African Prosperity Fund, a joint initiative by the governments of Ghana and South Africa, which aims to deploy $1 billion to fund projects for economic inclusion and financial participation across the continent.
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The fund will focus on projects in the African Continental Free Trade Area, including infrastructure development, financial access for the participation of women and youth, education, healthcare, technology, and sustainability, all for the benefit of Africa’s 1.3 billion people.
Similarly, at Global Citizen Festival, NYC, United States (US) members of congress from both sides of the political spectrum stood alongside world leaders, philanthropists, and trailblazers from the private sector to make announcements worthy of the 10-year history of the Global Citizen Festival.
Over a video message, President Emmanuel Macron announced France will reallocate 30 percent of its Special Drawing Rights to the world’s poorest countries, specifically in Africa, to fight extreme poverty, pandemics, inequalities, and climate change.