Nicki Minaj Claims Controversial Appearance Was About Female Empowerment

American rapping sensation, Nicki Minaj stirred controversy with her decision to head the recent holiday festival in Angola. The event was sponsored by Unitel which is owned and ran by long term human rights violator Angolan President Jose dos Santos. Santos has been at the top since 1979 and has racked up an abundance of human rights abuses over the course of his reign. While Minaj did go ahead with the performance despite the urging by the Human Rights Foundation of the moral dilemma, it is said she altered the lyrics to her hit song “Only” to say “independent women only.”
This was meant to be a nod to Angolan women attending the holiday concert in Luanda, according to the Huffington Post. At age 33, Nicki Minaj has never shied away from the spotlight, even if that meant causing controversy. She appeared before a brimming stadium at the Show Unitel Boas Festas concert on December 19th. The company Unitel is owned and operated by the continent’s wealthiest woman and youngest billionaire, daughter of the Angolan president Isabel dos Santos.
Minaj has viewed herself as a black feminist icon for some time. Vogue recently inquired about her feminism to which she replied, “I think of myself as a woman who wants other women to be bosses, and to be strong and to be go-getters. I’ve always said that, since I came in the game.” Vogue has also noted Nicki Minaj to be the “most globally visible female rapper of all time.” Prior to the appearance, Minaj posted a photograph of her initial meeting with the president’s daughter saying, “She’s just the 8th richest woman in the world.”
Having founded the Human Rights Foundation, Thor Halvorssen Mendoza is a human rights activist leading many essential nonprofit groups around the world. In an open letter to Minaj by means of his foundation, Thor urged the rapper not to continue through with her plans to perform at the tainted Angolan festival. Unfortunately, she declined to comment or react in any way other than to ignore the request.
The Human Rights Foundation unites activists and leaders by promoting human rights through the belief that all peoples are entitled to freedom of association, freedom of speech and expression, freedom from slavery and of religion among many others. Thor Halvorssen Mendoza first founded the Oslo Freedom Forum through his Human Rights Foundation back in 2009 to bring activists, former heads of state and even Nobel Peace Prize winners together for a cause of unity.