By: Nycole Hutchens
Grammy Award-winning rapper NickI Minaj recently performed in the African nation of Angola, and some may not have been too happy about her being there.
The 33-year-old rapper reportedly received $2 million for the holiday concert performance hosted by telecom company Unitel, which is controlled by the controversial Angola dictator, Jose Eduardo dos Santos.
Although Minaj has been very vocal lately about political matters, especially the “Black Lives Matter” movement, many are calling the performer a “hypocrite” and insensitive to Angolan social welfare.
Thor Halvorseen, President of the Human Rights Foundation, wrote an open letter about her decision to proceed with the concert.
“The payment you are receiving from your Angolan sponsors is the result of government corruption and human-rights violations,” he said.
Minaj wasn’t too bothered by the critics, and posted a bootylicious picture of herself saying she was ready to rock the house.
According to the New York Post, Santos is known for amassing wealth in one of the most powerful, and second largest, African oil producing countries and top destinations for foreign investment in Africa.
However, 70% of the Angola population lives off merely $2 per day.
In 2012, it was reported that the Angolan government had amassed a budget of $69 billion in oil revenue. However, $32 billion of that revenue was reported by The International Monetary Fund as “missing” from the government’s ledger before being tracked for the “Quasi-Fiscal activities.”
Minaj grew up poor before her rise to fame, and many have questioned her moral ethics.
What do you think? Is the star just plan ole’ “greedy” or just lost sight of a sense of moral ethics? Or… should we just all get over it already?
Judging by the crowd of happy natives, it looks like they were happy she was there. Peep this Instagram video.
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