Nigerian singer Yemi Alade has been denied visa into Canada where she was billed to perform on Sunday.

Montreal-based Le Devoir, a French language newspaper, said the songstress’ refusal for visa was predicated on fears she might not leave the country.

Thirty-three-year-old Alade was to be one of the headliners at the Festival International Nuits d’Afrique.

Suzanne Rousseau, the festival’s co-founder, said the visa denial was due to “financial reasons, and for fears that the group wouldn’t leave Canada.”

Rousseau lamented that it took her organization some time to complete the process of applying for the visitor’s visas for the musician and members of her band.

“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,” she said.

On Twitter,  Alade announced she won’t be headlining the Canada concert anymore.


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