French president Emmanuel Macron joined the Barbadian grand singer Rihanna in Senegal on Friday at the global partnership for education (GPE) conference, co-hosted by the Senegalese President Macky Sall.
Rihanna joined the GPE in September 2016 through her foundation “Clara lionel foundation” as the new ambassador for the GPE. She partnered with two other foundations in the hope to influence world leaders and policymakers to increase their support in the global education of boys and girls in developing countries.
Despite Rihanna being rejected to visit Senegal by groups of religious organization leaders in Senegal, accusing her of promoting homosexuality with the Freemasons (Illuminati). The interior minister, Aly Ngouille Ndiaye, told Jeune Afrique he would ensure the safety of all conference attendees.
“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.
Ahead of the conference, the French President Macron met Macky Sall at the presidential palace in the Senegalese capital and signed agreements on the sale of two Airbus planes for $214 million (171 million euros) and the creation of a Franco-Senegalese university campus.