The global icon Nicki Minaj has stirred controversy beyond the scope of her racy song lyrics and outrageous attire for accepting an invitation to perform in Angola Africa. The root issue stems from the person that paid her $2 million to perform for him – José Eduardo dos Santos who is the dictator of the African nation.
Santos has been criticized for many years for being an insensitive dictator who has lined his pockets and the pockets of his family members at the expense of his nation. Analysts estimate that the average Angolan citizen makes $2 per day while the Santos regime steals money from the country’s vast oil and natural reserves to fund a lavish lifestyle. Critics claim that Santos and his family have pocketed billions of dollars ever since he came into office in 1979.
Global activists, politicians and socially aware people are appalled that Minaj would accept any amount of money to perform for a dictator – especially when you consider that she is already very wealthy. Some of the most vocal outcry came from the Venezuelan CEO and founder of the Human Rights Foundation, Thor Halvorssen. Halvorssen penned an insightful article that expressed confusion over Minaj’s willingness to speak out against domestic challenges relating to equality, violence and poverty, yet she is willing to ignore the atrocities that are occurring overseas while profiting from it.
Thor Halvorssen has been on the forefront of many controversial issues ever since he was a teenager. When he was 13, he organized demonstrations against the apartheid regime in South Africa. Ever since that period of time in his life up until now, he has continued to be an organizer and vocal activist against many issues that center around discrimination, economic exploitation, hunger and more.
Halvorssen has a direct relationship with human rights issues, for his father was incarcerated and tortured in a Venezuelan jail for more than two months after speaking out against government corruption. Halvorssen’s mother was also a victim of human rights violations when she was shot and wounded by Venezuelan security forces during a peaceful protest.
Halvorssen has dedicated his entire life to fighting for justice. In addition to founding the Human Rights Foundation, he has established the Oslo Freedom Forum, which is an annual gathering of activists, politicians, Nobel Peace Prize winners and more to discuss issues relating to modern-day slavery, freedom of speech, freedom of religion, freedom of self-determination and more. The efforts of Halvorssen may be considered dangerous by some, but he is much more concerned about the health and safety of the global community.