Rihanna Not Welcome in Senegal Says Religious Groups
Pop star Rihanna has been banned from visiting Senegal by a group of 30 different religious associations declaring her persona non grata.
The 29-year-old had been scheduled to visit Senegal with French president Emmanuel Macron as part of a charity that provides funding for girls’ education, in her role as an ambassador for the Global Partnership for Education.
But the group known as ‘No To Freemasonry And Homos3xuality’ is protesting her visit, accusing her of intending to promote homosexuality in collusion with the Freemasons and claiming that she’s a member of the ‘Illuminati’.
“Rihanna doesn’t hide it: she’s part of the Illuminati, a branch of Freemasons,” Cheikh Oumar Diagne, a spokesman, told Jeune Afrique, seeming to have picked up on online conspiracy theories about Rihanna’s beliefs.
The singer, Diagne said, was secretly attending a Freemasons’ conference that had been planned for exactly the same dates as the education one but was subsequently cancelled.
Religious organisations are powerful in Senegal, which is over 90% Muslim but is well known for being a tolerant country, where Muslims and Christians celebrate their festivals together.