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Mariah Carey Called Out by Human Rights Foundation for Accepting “Dictator Cash” from Angola



Mariah Carey & José Eduardo dos Santos - December 2013 - BellaNaija

We are pretty sure all Mariah Carey wants for Christmas isn’t what is making the headlines lately.

The American music superstar has come under fire by the Human Rights Foundation for accepting “dictator cash” following her two-hour performance at an Angolan Red Cross gala event on Sunday 15th December 2013.

The event was sponsored by Unitel, a mobile phone company owned by Isabel dos Santos. She is the daughter of the Angolan President José Eduardo dos Santos who has ruled since 1979.

Mariah who recently performed in Nigeria at the Access Bank Christmas Party/Aigboje Aig-Imoukhuede Send-off in Lagos, reportedly got over $ 1 Million for the gig in Angola.

Read Excerpts from the Human Rights Foundation’s statement;

“Mariah Carey can’t seem to get enough dictator cash, reportedly more than $1 million this time. Just five years ago she performed for the family of Libyan dictator Muammar 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. 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.

The Angolan Red Cross gala raised $65,000, which wouldn’t cover the cost of fuel for Isabel dos Santos’ private plane ride to go shopping in Paris. Mariah Carey’s transportation alone cost several times that number. It’s absolutely shameless,” said de Morais.”

Mariah isn’t the first musician to called out for accepting dictator cash. Jennifer Lopez, Beyoncé and Kanye West have had their fair share of the media drama.


  1. Joe

    December 23, 2013 at 10:11 am

    José Eduardo dos Santos ruling since 1979 that makes him no differnt with my president Paul Biya of Cameroon who has been ruling for 31 years now..
    We Cameroonians are tired our economy is a mess..why do African leaders love power so much..why wont Mariah Carey be bash for accepting dictator money from some one who violates human right rules.
    God is the ultimate judge to all these presidents who like power alot.

    • Yaw

      December 23, 2013 at 10:35 am

      My dear, you people need to start a revolution in your country.

    • JACKIE

      December 24, 2013 at 2:50 am

      HYPOCRITICAL USELESS HUMAN RIGHTS PEOPLE – they are running their energy with Angola oil, and have the gall to critique anyone else!

  2. Joe

    December 23, 2013 at 11:29 am

    @Yaw we have a new form police in our country we call them BIRS which means rapid intervention battalion they were brought in like 4 years ago by the president to avoid any chaos..thats we cameroonians can’t do anything because even if we start a revolution it will end up ruining our nation and we will be the ones to suffer after..Our president has been ruling for 31 years and yet we se no changes..I keep sayiing that God is the ultimate judge..we have multiple parties but every presidential elections the useless ruling party called CPDM always win wc we all Cameroonians know it is not a fair result..why dont u step down and give another canditate the chance that is what is morethan this leaders who rule for so many years..Cameroonins are seeking for greener pastures out of africa like hell..

    • ms lala

      December 23, 2013 at 12:11 pm

      Hi joe…start by cursing out KIM NTSIMI whatever her name is..her dad is one of the cameroonians stealing your money…check out her instagram and see how YOU GUYS ARE FUNDING HER EDUCATION AND LAVISH LIFESTYLE.

  3. chigirl

    December 23, 2013 at 11:25 pm

    African leaders really need to learn from Mandela. Despite
    his huge contribution his country, he ruled for just 4 yrs and
    stepped down for others, mark of good leadership. They shld let
    Mariah carey be abeg. It isn’t her business how angolans run their
    govt., she’s in d business of making money not fighting bad

  4. Joe

    December 28, 2013 at 1:06 pm

    @ ms lala i knw of that girl called Kimberley Ntsimi she is from the french speaking part of cameroon and her father is one of those pple eating government money like ground nuts..

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