August 8, 2022

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Yemi Alade, a Nigerian singer, has been denied a visa to perform in Canada due to concerns that she will not leave the country.

According to Le Devoir, a Canadian French-language newspaper, the singer will no longer perform at a festival’s final closing concert on Sunday, July 14 due to visa denial.

Yemi was one of the headliners for the International Nuits d’Afrique Festival.

In response to the news, festival co-founder Suzanne Rousseau stated that the visa denial was due to “financial reasons, as well as fears that the group would not leave Canada.”

Rousseau also complained that obtaining a visitor’s visa has been difficult for “at least five years.”

She added: “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.”

Rousseau said Yemi Alade will now be replaced with Sampa The Great, a Zambian-born Australian-based female rapper.


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