Yemi Alade, a popular Nigerian-born musician, and her music band were denied Canadian visas due to concerns that they would not be able to leave the country after their performance.
According to Le Devoir, a French newspaper published and distributed in Canada, the singer will not perform at the Festival’s final closing ceremony on Sunday.
The 33-year-old Afropop star is said to be one of the Festival international Nuits d’Afrique’s headliners.
The festival’s co-founder, Suzanne Rousseau, commented on the development, saying the visa denial was due to financial reasons and concerns that the group would not leave Canada.
“Finally, we received a response saying that the musicians were refused, and that they must guarantee that they have sufficient financial means.”