Movie star Idris Elba will today May 25, 2020 host a star-studded virtual concert to mark Africa Day and raise funds to feed the continent’s hungry at exactly 18:00 GMT.
The MTV Base Africa Day Benefit Concert at Home will host the continent’s top music stars including Angélique Kidjo, Burna Boy, Stonebwoy, Salif Keita, Davido, Tiwa Savage, Diamond Platnumz, Manifest, Sauti Sol and many more.
It will be streamed on YouTube and ViacomCBS Networks.
Idris Elba told the BBC’s Newsday programme:
“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.”
. @BurnaBoy @ShoMadjozi @YemiAlade @AKAWorldwide @SautiSol @diamondplatnumz@TiwaSavage @fallyipupa01 lets unite to celebrate #AfricaDay & raise funds for COVID19. Africa Day Benefit Concert #athome on 25.5 @MTVBASEAfrica YouTube page 6pm(CAT) & MTV Base 9pm(CAT) #AloneTogether pic.twitter.com/6sL212XCr1
— Idris Elba (@idriselba) May 16, 2020
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.