Canada refuses Visa to Yemi Alade fearing that she will settle permanently with them: Yemi Alade, who should close the 36th edition of the Festival International Nuits d’Afrique, will not be there. The Nigerian megastar was denied her entry visa by Immigration Canada for “fear that she decides to settle permanently”.
Since Tuesday, July 12, the indoor concerts of the 36th edition of the Festival International Nuits d’Afrique have started. For 13 days, from July 12 to 24, big names from the national and international scene and new generations of artists enliven and diversify world sound in Montreal.
If the kick-off of this 36th edition of the festival was given by the singer-songwriter Tiken Jah Fakoly, on July 13, the closing ceremony should be made by the Nigerian singer-songwriter and Afropop singer, Yemi Alade, on July 24. But unfortunately, the Nigerian star will not be travelling to Canada. Canada refused to issue the entry visa to the artist. Reason: “fear that she decides to settle permanently in Canada”.
“For reasons beyond our control, it is not Yemi Alade who will close the festival but Sampa the Great, another equally brilliant star of African youth who is shaking the planet with his music and rhythms. with multiple influences”, communicated the direction of the festival, Thursday, July 21.
Festival director and co-founder Suzanne Rousseau lamented the process of applying for and obtaining visitor visas, which she says has been complicated “for at least five years. ” She learned about the refusal of the visa application for Yemi Alade and the members of her orchestra about ten days ago; a second request went unanswered.