Nicki Minaj tweets Bible verse amid international backlash
Is Nicki Minaj planning to join Lady Saw on the Christian road?
That's the question you would ask if you saw the Bible verse Minaj tweeted on Wednesday.
The post said "Every tongue that rises up against me in judgement shall be condemned," taken from Isaiah 54:17 which says:
No weapon that is formed against thee shall prosper; and every tongue that shall rise against thee in judgment thou shalt condemn. This is the heritage of the servants of the Lord, and their righteousness is of Me, saith the Lord.
But Minaj may not be signaling that she is ready to "come into the fold" as her tweet could be a response to current international backlash she is facing ahead of a show in Angola where she is set to perform for the Angolan president Jose Eduardo dos Santos.
Often hailed as a dictator, dos Santos has ruled oil-rich Angola for 36 years, a tenure which has caused the African country to be criticized for human rights abuses and corruption.
Minaj is set to perform in the capital, Luanda, in a holiday season concert organized by Angolan mobile phone company Unitel, in which the daughter of the Angolan president is also said to have a large block shares.
A popular human rights activist has also written to Minaj, lobbying her to boycott the show and instead advocate for the release of the imprisoned Angolian rapper Luaty Beirao (who was arrested in June and charged with preparing a rebellion).
Will Minaj yield due to backlash?
The star has not given any sign that she will. Just 3 hours ago, she tweeted to her Angolan fans asking them if they are ready for her performance:
"ANGOLA! R u ready for the show?!???! Can't wait to see u guys! Get your tickets here!"