Mariah Carey performs in Saudi Arabia despite calls for boycott over human rights concerns | World News
Mariah Carey has performed a headline show in Saudi Arabia – despite activists’ concerns over human rights abuses in the kingdom.
The US singer behind hits like Honey and Fantasy performed in a sequinned black dress in front of screaming crowds at the King Abdullah Economic City.
DJ Tiesto and dancehall artist Sean Paul are also among those set to perform at the multi-billion dollar mega-city, about two hours drive north of Mecca.
Carey is the first international female artist to perform in Saudi Arabia since restrictions were lifted on gender segregation and entertainment last year.
In December, Enrique Iglesias, The Black Eyed Peas and David Guetta also played at shows in the kingdom following high-profile liberalising reforms by Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman.
But the decision to perform in Saudi Arabia has been criticised by rights advocates who point to the imprisonment of women’s rights activists, the brutal murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi and the ongoing war in Yemen as evidence that the regime is not serious about human rights.
Many argue that flashy concerts are an attempt by the regime to polish its international image while it continues and even expands oppression at home.
Groups including Amnesty International criticised Carey’s decision to perform, arguing that “Mariah should use her voice” to call for the immediate release of female rights activists in prison.
Walid Al Hathloul, whose sister Loujain is imprisoned in Saudi after campaigning for women’s rights and against male guardianship, urged Carey to call for her release on stage.
“This concert is a pathetic attempt to show that the country is becoming more tolerant toward women,” he wrote. “All I want is justice for my sister.”
Omaima A-Najjar, a political refugee from Saudi, also branded the concerts a distraction from the war in Yemen and repressive laws at home.
She has backed a petition calling on Carey to boycott the country, saying taking such a stand would not impact ordinary Saudis as tickets which start at $80 (£61) are unlikely to be affordable for most.
Carey’s publicist said the singer was “presented with the offer to perform for an international and mixed gender audience in Saudi Arabia” and “accepted the opportunity as a positive step towards the dissolution of gender segregation”.
“As the first female international artist to perform in Saudi Arabia, Mariah recognises the cultural significance of this event and will continue to support global efforts towards equality for all,” Carey’s publicist said.
‘Those making clean money are not complaining’ – Presidency replies actress Omotola
The Presidency has reacted to a statement by Nollywood actress, Omotola Jalade-Ekeinde describing Nigeria as ‘hellish’ under President Muhammadu Buhari’s adminstration.
DAILY POST reports that Omotola, in a post on her Twitter page on Monday called out Buhari and Vice President Yemi Osinbajo over the state of the nation, coupled with killings across the nation.
She wrote: “The Country Under your watch is Hellish! @ProfOsinbajo @MBuhari
“The lack of Money in circulation, now coupled with the continuous Assault and killings by uniformed men. Will make this Country implode! It’s Unbearable
“Do something! Insecurity! Fear and Desperation everywhere.”
Reacting, personal assistant on new media to President Buhari, Bashir Ahmad, in a tweet, stated that those who were making money legitimately have no complaint about the current state of Nigeria.
He wrote: “Madam Omotola those who are working for CLEAN money are not complaining and will never refer our dear country as ‘hellish’. In Kano State alone, from 2015 to 2018, no fewer than 200 medium and small scale rice milling centres emerged. For that, billions circulated among millions.”
Amina Amal Ta Kwanta Jinya Bayan Ta Sha Duka A Hannun Hadiza Gabon
Jaruma Amina Amal ta kwanta rashin lafiya bayan dukan da kawo wuka da fitacciyar Jaruma Hadiza Gabon ta yi ma ta tare da taimakon wasu karti maza.
Majiyar LEADERSHIP A YAU ta tabbatar da cewa, a yanzu haka yarinyar ta na fama da yanayi na rashin lafiya da kuma rudewa sakamakon mumman tashin hankalin da ta fuskanta tun a daren farko da Jaruma Gabon da tawagarta su ka far ma ta a gidanta da ke Kaduna.
Idan za a iya tunawa, Amal ta dora wani hotonta ne a Instagram wanda ke nuna cibiyarta a waje, lamarin da janyo zafafan martani daga masu yin sharhi a kan hoton, ciki har da wasu daga cikin ‘yan fim, kamar ita Gabon da Jaruma Aisha Tsamiya da
Darakta Hassan Giggs da sauransu.
To, amma abin mamaki shi ne Gabon ce kadai wacce Amal ta mayar wa da martani ta hanyar yin shagube kan dabi’a ta madigo, lamarin da ya fusata Gabon din.
Majiya mai tushe ta labarta wa wakilinmu cewa, sau uku ‘yan tawagar sun hada da maza kamar guda biyar ko shida, wadanda wasunsu a motar Hadiza Gabon din su ke yayin da wasu kuma su ke cikin babur din Adaidaita Sahu, cikinsu har da wasu fitattun ‘yan fim guda biyu; daya darakta ne ma.