Nicki Minaj criticized for performing at a concert in Angola despite the pleas of human rights campaigners
The show was financed by a company owned by the daughter of the country's autocratic President
Minaj remains unrepentant, tweeting "Every tongue that rises up against me in judgment shall be condemned"
Rapper Nicki Minaj has joined a list of pop stars to court controversy by performing for leaders accused of human rights abuses.
The American singer took to the stage in Angola Saturday for Unitel – a company partially owned by the family of Angolan President José Eduardo dos Santos – despite allegations of corruption and human rights abuses in the country.
Minaj, 33, was reportedly paid $2 million for her performance, which was financed by the mobile phone company.
The Human Rights Foundation had urged Minaj to cancel the show, accusing dos Santos of exploiting “Angola’s diamond and oil wealth to amass an illegitimate fortune while maintaining control over all branches of the government, the military, and civil society.”
“Dos Santos has made it his policy to harass, imprison, or kill politicians, journalists, and activists who protest his rule,” the Human Rights Foundation said in an open letter to Minaj.
Unmoved by the appeal, Minaj not only performed as planned, but took the opportunity to post photos to Instagram to show her excitement, draped in the Angolan flag.
Minaj even described billionaire Isabel dos Santos – the President’s daughter, and part owner of Unitel – as an inspiration and an example of “Girl Power.”
The Human Rights Foundation said the rapper’s actions in the face of corruption were “jarring”