Niki Minaj, winner of the BET award for Best Female Hip Hop Artist, returned to the land of her birth on July 3rd to kick-off the shoot for her fourth video “Pound the Alarm” from her sophomore album Pink Friday: Roman Reloaded.
Among the contingent of senior government officials who turned out to formally welcome the rap sensation home was Chairman of the Tourism Development Company Limited Rajiv Shandilya who presented Minaj with a copper replica of the Steelpan, Trinidad and Tobago’s national instrument. Thanking the artist for highlighting Trinidad and Tobago, Shandilya invited her to collaborate with other local artists to promote the country on the world stage.
Trinidad-born pop and rap superstar Niki Minaj (centre) is greeted by Minister of Arts and Multiculturalism Dr Lincoln Douglas (left), Tourism Development Company Limited Chairman Rajiv Shandilya and Chief Executive Officer of the Film Company of Trinidad and Tobago Carla Foderingham, at the VIP Lounge of the Piarco International Airport.
Niki Minaj shares a light moment with (from left) Minister of Arts and Multiculturalism Dr the Honourable Lincoln Douglas, and Chairman of the Tourism Development Company Limited Rajiv Shandilya. Also in the picture is communications professional Peter Telfer, General Manager, Marketing at the Tourism Development Company Limited Cornell Buckradee and Paige De Leon representing the Office of the Prime Minister.