American rapper and hip-hop star Nicki Minaj is set to perform at the Unitel Christmas Festival in Angola, but the much anticipated performance has set tongues wagging on social media.

While some Angolans at home have taken to social media expressing excitement over the upcoming show, some activists, rights groups and Angolans in the diaspora have criticised Minaj for her upcoming performance.

Human Rights Foundation, has urged the rapper to cancel the impending show while its head, Thor Halvorssen has written a letter to Minaj asking her to cancel her show in the African country.

A Unitel advertisement for Nicki Minaj’s upcoming performance in Angola Photo: Human Rights Foundation
A Unitel advertisement for Nicki Minaj’s upcoming performance in Angola Photo: Human Rights Foundation

Angola has been criticised for rampant corruption and human rights violations and Minaj’s show is being viewed by critics as an endorsement of President José Eduardo dos Santos’s rule, which has been blighted by allegations of harassment, imprisonment of critics, murder of politicians, journalists, and activists.

Minaj’s performance is reportedly being financed by Unitel, a mobile telephone company owned by President dos Santos’s daughter, Isabel dos Santos. Halvorssen wrote, “ the payment you are receiving from your Angolan sponsors is the result of government corruption and human rights violations”.

Minaj or her representatives have not responded to Halvorssen’s letter.

In 2013, Mariah Carey received $1 million for her performance in Angola and the artist was widely criticised for accepting the payment.

Meanwhile, on social media the debate rages on, whether or not the rapper should proceed with the performance.

Source: Human Rights Foundation