Nicki Minaj’s Angola gig protested over country’s alleged human rights violations

Star will play Show Unitel Boas Festas in capital of Luanda on Saturday (December 19)

Nicki Minaj‘s planned gig in Angola this weekend has caused controversy due to the country’s poor human rights record.

Minaj is set to headline Christmas festival, Show Unitel Boas Festas, on Saturday (December 19) in the Angolan capital of Luanda.

Following the announcement, made via Minaj’s official Facebook page, one fan wrote: “Dear Nicki Minaj, could you please postpone your visit to Luanda until democracy is born in Angola?”

Angola has been ruled by President Jose Eduardo dos Santos since 1979, who has been dogged by allegations of corruption in the past. The country’s government has also been accused of oppression and intimidation.

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Human Rights Foundation head Thor Halvorssen recently wrote to Minaj to ask her to cancel her appearance in the country.

The letter reads: “Ms. Minaj, you are well known for being involved with charities such as the Get Schooled Foundation, which helps motivate young people to graduate from high school and succeed in college. If you move forward with this performance for the dictator and his family, you will be in league with the people stealing educational resources and opportunity from young Angolans.”

Halvorssen also highlights the plight of Angolan hip-hop artist Luaty Beirao, who was arrested in June after attending a meeting that discussed democracy in the country.

Minaj also recently made headlines after her brother was charged with allegedly raping a 12-year-old girl.

Jelani Maraj, 37, was arraigned on December 3 following charges of first-degree rape and first-degree sexual conduct against a child.