Nicki Minaj is set to headline the Unitel Christmas Festival this Saturday in Luanda, the capitol of Angola, but the performance is facing a lot of criticism from people across the globe.
Thor Halvorssen, head of the Human Rights Foundation, wants Minaj to cancel the performance because of Angola’s long history of human rights violations under President Jose Eduardo dos Santos.
A copy of the letter Halvorseen sent to Minaj was obtained by The Hollywood Reporter
During the letter, Halvorseen shed light on a lot of major issues the nation is facing at the moment. “As a strong-willed independent artist, shouldn’t you be advocating for the release of the imprisoned rapper Luaty Beirao rather than entertaining the dictator and his thieving family?” Halvorssen wrote.
Halvorseen also made a plea for Minaj to cancel her show and let her know what performing for the president would mean.
“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,” Halvorssen wrote. “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.”