Unitel corporation booked Nicki Minaj to perform a private concert. But, Unitel is owned by José Eduardo dos Santos, the President of Angola. And according to the Robert F. Kennedy Human Rights Organization, he is a terrible dictator. Therefore, in a published open letter, the Human Rights Foundation urged Nicki Minaj to do the right thing and embarrass the tin pot despot by canceling her show there.
What they actually said was, “the payment you are receiving from your Angolan sponsors is the result of government corruption and human rights violations… During their brutal three decade authoritarian rule, the dos Santos family has exploited 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.”
Human Rights Foundation was started in 2005 by Thor Halvorssen, an avid film producer, champion of human rights, author, and activist. His first experiences with activism were in South Africa during his fight against the racist apartheid government in 1989. He knows first hand the effects of failing to protect human rights. Thor Halvorssen’s own father had been viciously tortured and beaten in a prison in Venezuela, and he was actually a high ranking official; an ambassador, falsely arrested! Also, his family has been threatened and terrorized by the government security thugs. It took a great deal of effort by Amnesty International to get Mr. Halvorssen free.
So, Nicki Minaj’s performance became international news gossip. Based on the buzz, her branded product sales have done great for her overall profit margin. But now some very serious people asked that she give up a sale. What did she do? She loaded up her band and backup singers and flew to Angola, Africa. She left her boyfriend in Philly.