Jadakiss and the King of Swaziland

Who advised rapper Jadakiss to take this trip (recounted in this promotional video, below, shot by his people; watch from about 5:50) to Swaziland where he went to perform at a “fundraiser” for Swaziland’s royal family? As we know, the royal family really needs the money. This is the same royal family whose king, Mswati III, paid for a US$6.3 million shopping trip by his wives to Asia in 2009; Swaziland is also a country where about two-thirds of the people live in abject poverty, and more than a quarter of the adult population has AIDS. Oh, and the money from the national treasury for his family’s upkeep is equal to the education budget. I know the Swazi people weren’t happy about this. In fact, they asked him to leave and boycotted his show.

Sean Jacobs

Sean Jacobs is the Founder and Editor of Africa is a Country. He is on faculty of The New School in New York.

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