Dirty Money

Report: Nigerian Poverty Funds Spent on Beyoncé

Say it ain't so, Bey! The blog Sahara Reporters claims to have uncovered a letter that suggests $1 million of poverty funds from Nigerian state Bayelsa were spent by then-Governor Goodluck Jonathan on bringing Beyoncé and Jay-Z to visit in 2006. The letter, from ThisDay owner Nduka Obaigbena to the state, was written to solicit funds for the country's 46th independence celebrations, where Beyoncé sang the Nigerian national anthem. There is no indication of how much of the funds went directly to performers or whether Beyoncé or Jay-Z were aware of where the funds came from.