33-year-old rapper Nicki Minaj performed to a packed crowd Saturday, despite human rights activists and critics calling for her concert to be canceled in the impoverished African nation of Angola. Minaj was reportedly paid $2million for the performance Saturday, where crowd members broke into a chant of her name during the show. The Grammy nominated rapper shared two videos of the packed audience screaming in pandemonium at the concert to her Instagram account and captioned one video writing:
‘Angola has my heart.’
73-year-old Dos Santos, pictured above, has been accused of overseeing corruption, misrule and intimidation in the country that suffers endemic poverty, despite being Africa’s second-largest oil producer. She was performing in the capital city of Luanda at a Christmas party hosted by the Unitel communications firm, which is part-owned by the family of the country’s controversial President Jose Eduardo dos Santos.
According to the United Nations Development Programme, more than a third of the country’s population of about 24million people are living below the poverty line, and nearly 70 percent of the population lives on less than $2 a day.