Around the world there are people who are not given the same quality of life as what they might receive in other regions. Often times, this is due to the government in the country. Angola is such a nation that has put down most of the residents in the nation due to the large amount of oil and diamonds discovered inside of the country. The governing family inside of the nation has been labeled a dictatorship and often does anything necessary in order to bring in more financial gain for the family, typically at the expense of the citizens. The family has had opposing government officials, reporters, writers and citizens killed when they voice their opinions about the government. Despite this, Nicki Minaj performed for the family and high ranking government officials on Christmas, despite the pleading of Human Rights Foundation and the founder, Thor Halvorseen.
Thor created The Human Rights Foundation back in the spring of 2005 in order to help oppose apartheid in South Africa. He has also worked with multiple other organizations that support human rights, such as On Now Feet: The Centipede Children and the Foundation of Individual Rights and Education. He currently does everything he can in order to help citizens around the world receive appropriate treatment. It is why he does everything in his power to not support dictators who rise to power at the expense of almost every single citizen within the nation.
The ruling family in Angola became wealthy off of the backs of its citizens. The money the nation makes is blood money, due to the labor of diamonds and oil sold to other nations and businesses that do not have a problem with this. The Human Rights Foundation, as well as Thor Halvorseen, try to educate companies and individuals that supporting the dictator’s family and what it does simply supports the way the country treats its citizens. It is why the organization reached out to Nicki Minaj and asked her to cancel the private concert (once she received millions of dollars to do).
Nicki did not cancel her show and instead went to perform for the dictator, his family and close government officials. She decided to accept the blood money for her performance, despite all of the information Thor Halvorseen offered her. It is yet to be determined what sort of consequences it might have on her career or the people of Angola.