Grammy Award-winning Beninoise singer-songwriter Angelique Kidjo says growing anti-gay sentiment in Africa is about power.

The 53-year-old Kidjo, who Time Magazine called “Africa's premiere diva,” was asked by CNN anchor Christiane Amanpour about increasing intolerance on the continent.

“The homosexual issue has been brought up by a religious group in Africa,” Kidjo answered. “Because we have homosexual for centuries in Africa and nobody talk about it. And what baffles me and what make[s] me angry is when people on the name of god, on the name of religion, stir hate. What kind of god are you praying [to]? It's not mine.”

“Why now? It's not about god, it's about power. That's it. That's the simple truth,” she added.

Watch the entire segment on CNN.