Since her debut in 2003, Rihanna has notched up the record for the fastest solo artist to earn 14 number-one singles on the Billboard Hot 100. She’s released eight albums, won nine Grammys, 12 American Music Awards, 12 Billboard Music Awards and the first Icon Award at the American Music Awards in 2013.
The Barbados singer is also a celebrated fashion icon and has been praised for releasing a make-up line for people of colour that works for more skin tones than competing brands. But despite all this and more, the west African country of Senegal is really not digging her.
It’s not as if they’re not fans of ‘Work’, ‘We Found Love’ or any of her other huge hits – they genuinely believe she’s a part of the secret and elusive Illuminati.
The 29-year-old is set to be a part of a conference on education in Senegal with French President Emmanuel Macron.
However, group of more than two dozen Islamic groups aren’t happy about her inclusion and are requesting the government to give her the flick.
Not only do they not like her alleged ties to the Illuminati and the Freemasons, but they’re really not happy with her for what they call her promotion of homosexuality.
Sheikh Oumar Diagne told Jeune Afrique: “Rihanna does not hide it, she is part of the Illuminati, which is a branch of Freemasonry.
“Moreover, her arrival coincides strangely with the date initially planned for the Humanist and Freemason African and Malagasy Meetings [to be held in Dakar].
“We will demonstrate as soon as she leaves the plane. And if necessary, we will go to the Assembly, the Ministry of the Interior or the Presidency.”
It’s not the first time she’s courted controversy in her career.
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Most people familiar with her music will know the ‘We Found Love’ collaboration with Calvin Harris.
The video for the track shows Rihanna in a field with a bloke who’s supposed to be her lover. Well that was filmed on a farm in Northern Ireland and the man who owns that land, Alan Graham, was not happy with the way she was dressed.
Speaking to the Telegraph, the 68-year-old said: “I never heard of Rihanna until someone called me requesting the use of my land.
“It was when the film crew went to a further away field that I felt things were becoming inappropriate.
“I wish no ill will against Rihanna and her friends. Perhaps they could acquaint themselves with a greater God.”
When she went to Abu Dhabi’s famous Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque in 2013 there was nothing wrong with what she was wearing, if anything she couldn’t be more clothed. However, she was kicked out because the photos she was taking were against the rules.
To be fair, there are BIG signs that indicate you can’t take photos of you sitting down, with your arms anywhere else but by your side and certainly not around someone else.
A statement from the mosque said: “The singer entered on a private visit without introducing herself and without prior coordination with the administration.
“She was asked to leave before entering the mosque after she posed in ways that do not match the sacred status of the complex.”
We’ll have to keep our eyes peeled to see what happens when she arrives in Senegal and whether the organisations get their way.