Uhuru's Message at Global Citizen Festival in South Africa

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  • President Uhuru Kenyatta on Sunday delivered a message at the 2018 Global Citizen Festival held at the FNB Stadium in Johannesburg, South Africa.

    At the event headlined by some of the world's biggest stars including Jay Z and Beyoncé, Uhuru spoke on prioritizing education for the country's development.

    "Many global citizens who have called upon my administration to maintain its education budget above 20 percent of our total budget...

    "But I want to go one step further, this year I pledge to you that in Kenya our education budget will be closer to 30 percent of our total budget, making it probably the highest on the African continent," he noted in a speech.

    The event was organised by Global Citizen and the Motsepe Foundation to celebrate the centenary of the late Nelson Mandela.

    This year I pledge, to you my fellow global citizens, that in #Kenya our education budget will be closer to 30% of our total budget, making it probably the highest on the #African continent | #GlobalCitizenFestivalSA pic.twitter.com/ZhlZbR4UDi

    — Uhuru Kenyatta (@UKenyatta) December 2, 2018

    An estimated 200,000 people made up the live audience.

    Other than Jay Z and Beyonce, Cassper Nyovest, D'banj, Ed Sheeran, Eddie Vedder, Femi Kuti, Kasey Musgraves, Pharrell Williams, Chris Martin, Sho Madjozi, Tiwa Savage, Usher and Wizkid were among the  artists lined up to perform.

    The event was hosted by comedian Trevor Noah.

    Iconic talk-show host Oprah Winfrey was to deliver the keynote address.

    Various nations across the globe pledged millions of dollars to programs continuing Mandela's legacy under the Global Citizen banner.

    President Uhuru Kenyatta at a past event