Mariah Carey has come under fire after she was allegedly paid $1 million to perform for Angolan President Josè Eduardo Dos Santos a day after she performed at a Lagos gig for a Nigerian bank which recently laid off 200 workers.
The ‘All I Want for Christmas is You‘ singer gave a two-hour concert for authoritarian Angolan President Josè Eduardo Dos Santos on Sunday December 15, 2013, in return for the huge amount, angering human rights groups. She had earlier performed in Lagos, Nigeria, for Access Bank which also allegedly coughed out $1m for her appearance. Her Lagos visit sparked criticisms because the bank had only recently disengaged 200 workers.
Human Rights Foundation president Thor Halvorssen said: ‘It is the sad spectacle of an international artist purchased by a ruthless police state to entertain and whitewash the father-daughter kleptocracy that has amassed billions in ill-gotten wealth while the majority of Angola lives on less than $2 a day.’
Mariah’s Angola show was sponsored by Unitel, a mobile-phone company owned by Dos Santos’s daughter, who is also head of the Angolan Red Cross, which reportedly received $65,000 in benefit funds from the concert.
Thor added: ‘Mariah Carey can’t seem to get enough dictator cash. Just five years ago she performed for the family of Libyan dictator Muammar al-Gaddafi. Now, she goes from private performances to public displays of support and credibility for one of Africa’s chief human rights violators and most corrupt tyrants.’
Mariah, 43, posed for a picture with Dos Santos and his family, and according to the Human Rights Foundation, said: ‘I am happy to be here in this room and I am honoured to share this show with the President of Angola.’
Critics of Dos Santos claim he has murdered many politicians, journalists and other people who have defied his orders, as well as monopolising and exploiting oil and diamond resources and seizing control of almost all aspects of government power.
The Africa concerts come five years after Mariah apologised after performing for notorious dictator Colonel Muammar al-Gaddafi, who was toppled and killed during the Arab Spring uprising in 2011.
Carey’s Lagos appearance was at the ‘Access Bank End of the Year Bash‘, on Saturday, December 14, 2013 at the prestigious and luxurious Intercontinental Hotel, Victoria Island. The night was also dedicated the bank’s outgoing Managing Director Aigboje Aig-Imoukhuede.
by Osagie Alonge