Yemi Alade, a well-known Nigerian singer, has spoken out against societal gender inequality.
Yemi Aladey, who rose to fame with her ‘Jonny’ song, is pleased that more concerted efforts are being made to support female artists.
“I know society favors the male child in places like Africa,” she said, “but that has never stopped me.”
“Even the questions asked can be phrased differently. Instead of always asking what the difficulties are and doing nothing about them, they can ask how they can help. Females need a level playing ground, instead of always having to prove themselves. We actually need that kind of support from the media.”
We previously reported that the shocking reason Yemi Alade’s visa application to enter Canada was denied had been revealed.
According to reports, Yemi Alade, who has one of the most popular songs on YouTube in terms of views, was denied a Canadian visa because her home country was concerned she would not return.
The French-language newspaper Le Devoir broke the news first, and also explained why the Nigerian superstar won’t be able to perform at the festival’s final closing concert on July 24, 2022.
The 33-year-old is said to be one of the headliners at the Festival International Nuits d’Afrique.
Suzanne Rousseau, festival co-founder, confirmed this and revealed that Yemi was kicked out due to a lack of ‘financial power and fears that the group would not leave Canada.’
Rousseau claims that applying for a visitor’s visa has been a huge challenge for the past five years.
“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 explained.