Nigerian music star and Wizkid’s US tour fail as US embassy in Lagos delays visa appointment for 10 crew members
At least 10 crew members of Nigerian singer Ayodeji Balodun, more commonly Wizkid, who are expected to perform with him on his “Made in Lagos” tour of the United States are currently stranded in Lagos.
SaharaReporters has learned that crew members, including their personal stylist and bodyguard, are being held in Lagos for their failure to secure a date for an interview at the U.S. Embassy.
The tour, announced in July, would see Wizkid perform in U.S. cities from September 10 to October 16.
A source told SaharaReporters that Nigerians aspiring to travel out of the country to the United States are now purchasing visa interview dates at the rate of 500,000 to 1 million naira.
“Watch how the US Embassy spoils Nigerians. To get a date you can now pay guys up to N 500,000 per person. Some N 1 million depends on your desperation,” he said. -he declares.
He continued, “It is rather unfortunate that we have expended so much just to request a reasonably closer date for visa appointments at the US Consulate, but to no avail, for a number of well-respected citizens of Nigeria. who happens to be the most integral team of star musician, Ayodeji Balogun, known as Wizkid.
“Even after being fully aware of the start of his Made in Lagos tour, scheduled from September 10 to October 17, 2021; his tour which started on September 10, 2021 has portrayed a rather weak performance as he is unable to fully function without his entire team handling the stage production.
“The tour is currently underway in the northern United States of America. This is not news for the US government; the large volume of income to be generated even after the payment of taxes; the exposure that will be given to all cities where Wizkid is likely to land.
“After so many round-trip calls to settle for the earliest date to fill in the gaps that already exist, the most accurate date issued is September 21. Rather, it is a post-death medical service scenario. One will wonder why it costs an arm, a leg and even a foot just for Nigerians to get reasonable visa appointment dates, while the reverse is the case for foreigners as the majority get their visa at arrival and the file is closed.
“His personal stylist is still here in Nigeria, Close bodyguard is here, the saxophonist is here and others. So far, its performance has dropped. It’s so sad.”
Another source told SaharaReporters that the star musician could be in the United States without his crew members until the end of the tour due to “the ineffectiveness of the American embassy”.