Ace Nigerian Afrobeats singer, Yemi Alade has been denied a visa to perform in Canada over fears she might not leave the country.
This was reported by Le Devoir, the French-language newspaper published in Montreal and distributed in Quebec and throughout Canada.
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The reports confirmed that the afro-pop superstar will be unable to perform at a festival’s final closing concert on Sunday.
The 33-year-old singer is said to be one of the headliners of the Festival International Nuits d’Afrique. Commenting on the development, Suzanne Rousseau.
The festival co-founder said the visa denial was due to “financial reasons, and for fears that the group wouldn’t leave Canada.”
The Festival’s co-founder also lamented that the process of applying for a visitor’s visa has been difficult for “at least five years.”
In her words;
“Finally, we got an answer saying the musicians were refused, saying they have to guarantee that they have enough financial means that will make them go back to their country”.