Idris Elba to host Africa Day virtual concert

Posted by BBC | 2 months ago



Movie star Idris Elba will on Monday evening host a star-studded virtual concert to mark Africa Day and raise funds to feed the continent's hungry.

The MTV Base Africa Day Benefit Concert at Home will host the continent's top music stars including Angélique Kidjo, Burna Boy, Salif Keita, Davido, Tiwa Savage, Diamond Platnumz and Sauti Sol.

It will be streamed on YouTube and ViacomCBS Networks.

Idris Elba told the BBC's Newsday programme that he hoped that corporations on the continent would contribute to the initiative.

    "To have these corporation dig deep and help Africa at this point is really the focal point. I'm really not asking the ordinary man to help in this. If they can of course we will take up that help. But really we're digging deep into the corporations that live on the continent and can afford it.

    The priority is to try and get as many real-time meals into people's mouths. At the moment hunger is the main fear as opposed to actual Covid-19.

    So trying to get people something to eat, at least some ways of getting food, is really the number [priority]... In terms of money you can't put a number on it.

    As far as donations are concerned, we're really expecting that people - if they can give , they give... We are asking people to really dig deep into their hearts even just to attend this concert, even just to show there is solidarity amongst Africans at this point, that's among the things we're looking for."

The actor, whose late father grew up in Sierra Leone and whose mother is from Ghana, tested positive for coronavirus in March and has since recovered.

Africa Day is an annual commemoration of the formation of the Organisation of African Unity (OAU) on 25 May 1963. The organisation transformed into the African Union on 9 July 2002.
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