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Nicki Minaj performs in Angola despite cancellation appeals from protestors

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Published 20/12/2015 | 10:15

PIC: Nicki Minaj Instagram
PIC: Nicki Minaj Instagram

Rapper Nicki Minaj has performed in Angola, ignoring pleas pledged by protesters for her to cancel the concert.

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The Superbass star headlined Show Unitel Boas Festas, a Christmas festival held on Saturday in Luanda, the capital of the African country.

Minaj seemed to love her stay there, as she shared many special moments of her experience in the nation via Instagram.

"ANGOLA HAS MY HEART," she wrote in a caption attached to a video of screaming fans occupying the crowd at the concert venue.

Oh hai, Angola. Ready for the show?

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After her show Minaj visited with fans, and in another photo she posted on the picture-sharing website, the musician noted she had the privilege of meeting with a particularly powerful person - Isabel dos Santos, who is the first female African billionaire and the daughter of Angolan President José Eduardo dos Santos.

"Oh no big deal...she's just the 8th richest woman in the world," Nicki wrote in the caption of an image which featured the star standing alongside Isabel. "(At least that's what I was told by someone b4 we took this photo) Lol. Yikes!!!!! GIRL POWER!!!!! This motivates me soooooooooo much!!!! S/O to any woman on a paper chase. Get your own!!!! Success is yours for the taking!!!!! #Angola thank u to the women who brought me out here as well."

Thor Halvorssen, the head of the Human Rights Foundation, penned an open letter to Minaj earlier this week  urging her to scrap the gig over continuing allegations President José Eduardo dos Santos often uses his power to exercise government oppression by violating the basic rights of journalists, activists and others who speak out against him.

"Beyond censoring through violence, the Angolan regime owns the only national radio station, controls the only daily newspaper, and exerts control over Angola’s television stations," Halvorssen wrote. "Artists such as yourself are not allowed to freely express their opinions in Angola, where criticizing the government is a crime punishable with fines and imprisonment."

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