Last night ASBO had a front row seat at the first Global Citizen Live event in London. Taking place at the O2 Academy in Brixton the event hosted various performers, politicians, activists who came together to talk about global issues and take the steps forward to making change.
The event hosted by Ade Adepitan alongside TV presenter Maya Jama and model Adwoa Aboah was 2 hours which consisted of entertainment from the likes of Emeli Sande, Professor Green, Kojo Funds, Little Simz, Gabrielle Aplin, as well as comedian Louise and poet/spoken word artist Ade Adepitan.
The issues addressed at the event included poor vision, education, poverty and many of the other issues that Global Citizen focuses on.
Whilst the lineup is what may have attracted people to the event with the entertainment not failing one bit there were also important and impactful conversations taking place which left everybody in the building feeling very inspired to take action in supporting and helping to understand and get involved in the work that Global Citizen does to help address these issues.
Accroding to Global Citizen the event resulted in Commitments been made totalling £305 million. With 10 different commitments from the public, private, and non-profit sectors — which combined are set to affect the lives of 17 million people.Together these commitments will help address some of the world’s biggest issues, everything from gender inequality to nutrition, and global health to education.
For us some of the highlights of the night included Emeli Sande's performance which included a duet with Professor Green, as well as Little Simz who brought the energy to the crowd. Not to mention the Selfie moment between Maya Jama Adwoa Aboah and the entire crowd sporting their clearly glasses for the epic selfie moment
All in all the event was a massive success and we had a great time witnessing and finding out more about the worlds issues and how we can all play a part in making the world a better place. To find out more about Global Citizen and the work that they do as well as how you can get involved then visit their website here.
Words: Seneo Mwamba
Photography: Isha Shah and Emma Viola Lilja for Global Citizen