Fans attending the show had a memorable night, being entertained first by Minaj’s opening act and local rap heavyweight Cassper Nyovest, and later by Minaj’s twerking. “I love her originality, her fearlessness, her independence, how she just owns being a different kind of woman,” said one fan. She was dressed in a risqué fringe skirt and a blonde wig. On Instagram she said, “Dear South Africa, I am deeply in love with you. Can’t thank you enough for tonight.”

Some drama surrounded Minaj’s arrival, as on the first day some fans expected a meet and greet and waited a while after the concert finished to meet her. The rapper said, “I’m very sorry for keeping you all waiting‚ but I want you to know that I never approved any meet and greet. I don’t do meet and greets after a show‚ I was literally about to leave. These people lied to you‚ please get your money back.” But, since they had paid, Minaj agreed to take group pictures with the fans and said she’d help them retrieve their money.

Additional controversy dogged her Durban performance, as the eThekwini municipality is expected to pay around R1.75 million in total for the show, between hiring out the stadium, advertising and logistics for her arrival, and around the same amount for rapper T.I, who also hails from the US and will be performing at a separate venue. Many political parties opposed the spending of public funds in such a manner, with some calling for a probe as they say it flies in the face of austerity measures laid out in the recent budget speech. In response, the head of Durban tourism, Phillip Sithole, believed that the city would benefit economically from the events.

Despite the controversy, and much to the delight of her followers and fans, Minaj has promised to come back to South Africa.

 

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