Nicki Minaj: Angolan Concert Protested by Human Rights Organization Goes On as Planned

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Nicki Minaj's performance in Angola was boycotted by human rights activists, but she performed despite their pleas.

“Jose Eduardo dos Santos has ruled Angola since seizing power in the fall of 1979. A cunning tyrant, dos Santos survived a legacy of colonialism and devastating civil war to consolidate control over the presidency, military, and judicial system, all while crushing independent journalism and civil society,” the Human Rights Foundation notes in a statement on their website. “He uses rigged elections to fake democratic credentials, and his suppression of dissent is ruthless. As part of a national wave of arrests his regime has put 17 activists on trial for reading books on nonviolent resistance. Earlier this year, his security officers carried out and covered up a massacre of hundreds of civilians.”

In spite of the HRF statement and appeal to Nicki Minaj, the rapper not only performed, but posted a picture of herself with dos Santos' daughter before the concert.

"Oh no big deal...she's just the 8th richest woman in the world. (At least that's what I was told by someone b4 we took this photo) Lol. Yikes!!!!! GIRL POWER!!!!! This motivates me soooooooooo much!!!! S/O to any woman on a paper chase. Get your own!!!! Success is yours for the taking!!!!! #Angola thank u to the women who brought me out here as well. ❤️e "she captioned it.

The Human Rights Organization called Nicki Minaj "ignorant" and accused her of "hostility to criticism." They also said, "Nicki Minaj’s payday is all the more jarring given that she and her managers joined the chorus of the Black Lives Matter movement. It appears that when those black lives happen to be in Angola, their lives matter less than a paycheck from a dictator.”

What's your take on the HRO's protest of Nicki Minaj's performance in Angola? Do you think she should have pulled out of the concert?

Kimberly Ripley
Kimberly Ripley is a freelance writer and published author from Portsmouth, New Hampshire. A wife, mom of five and 'Nana' to Lilly and Aiden, she loves cooking for her big family and watching HGTV in her spare time. Kim is guilty of starting way more home design projects than she can finish. Visit her at Twitter and Facebook.