Promoter cries foul as French embassy denies Small Doctor visa

Posted on: July 9, 2024, by :

A France based show promoter and founder of One Benin Fiesta Mr. Romaric Boso has called out the French embassy in Nigeria over the denial visa to renowned singer Adekunle Temitope known by the stage Small Doctor. Boso said Small Doctor was due to perform in France as part of the music artiste’s Europe Tour. However,  the French embassy in Nigeria denied him  visa on the suspicion that he would not return if granted visa. Boso said the ground for the visa rejection is laughable as apart from being a household name in France, the headline artist, Small Doctor is renowned entertainer in the African entertainment scene. So, there was no basis for any suspicions about the artiste and others returning to their base after the show.

Boso also  said that despite his reputation as one of the registered show promoters in France, he is having difficulties getting visas for artistes billed to perform at his One Benin Fiesta show initially scheduled for July 6, 2024, but now shifted to August as a result of the difficulty in securing visa for the artistes billed to perform.

According to Boco, the headline artiste for the One Benin Fiesta is Small Doctor who is expected in France alongside others including a Disc Jockey (DJ) and others.

Providing relevant documents to back up his claims, Boco said that he followed due process. And did everything that was required by the French embassy in Nigeria.

Narrating his ordeal, the disappointed show promoter alleged that he lost a lot of money after investing heavily on the show including payment of deposit for the show venue and other expenses. Now, he was forced to postpone the show to the end of August, 2024.

Besides being a platform for the promotion of cultural diversity, the proceeds from the tour is used for the One Benin Zero Poverty project, an initiative promoting entrepreneurship in Africa and the fight against illegal immigration of young people in West Africa.

Boco also urged African leaders to step up efforts in reducing the high rate of unfair visa rejection by foreign embassies

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