Barbadian pop star Rihanna met with African leaders and French president in Senegal for a conference aimed at raising funds for the education of the poorest, most vulnerable children in 65 countries.
She visited the West African country on Friday after a warning from a group of about 30 Islamic associations called No to Freemasonry and Homosexuality. They declared her persona non grata.
They accused her of being a member of the Illuminati – a secret society supposedly pulling strings of every major organisation to establish a New World Order. The group also accused the singer of intending to promote homosexuality in collusion with the Freemasons.
The singer, who is also the ambassador for the Global Partnership for Education (GPE), thanked the heads of state and donors who attended the organisation’s inaugural conference.
“We’ve made tremendous progress today and of course our work is never done. We have a long way to go and this is a fight that we will never stop fighting until every boy and every girl has access to education,” said Rihanna who later shook hands with the presidents including Macky Sall of Senegal, Nana Akufo Addo of Ghana and Emmanuel Macron of France.
Rihanna’s speech at the Senegal conference. pic.twitter.com/uL87QdIp58
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Rihanna has been seeking for donations to help fund the education project that seeks to support children in deprived communities. She started the Clara Lionel Foundation, named after her grandparents, to champion education, health and emergency response programs around the world. The foundation joined forces with the Global Partnership for Education in 2016.