The Canadian Embassy in Ghana ‘bounced’ (means refused) me visa sometime back. After years of swerving several invitations because of so many reasons, which I don’t want to mention because you will mock me, I thought this one was an exception, it was juicy, and I couldn’t swerve it. Yes, I have a phobia! You are asking or eager to know what I was going to do in Canada, right? Okay, I will tell you guys;
As a spoken word artist in Ghana, after going through hundreds of shows here since 2007, I deemed it as awesome to cross borders. Not to chill, but to meet other poets, write my second album (here is the first) from a different perspective, record with some other poets and also, showcase or perform to a different audience.
The Banff Centre in Canada was organizing an eleven-day program, a residency actually, called SPOKEN WORD, so I applied. It was a very long process indeed and I had little or no hope. A couple of weeks after I applied, they wrote me back and were happy to accept me to attend this residency in the Banff Centre in Canada. Not just that, they gave me a $1,147.60 financial aid so I just had to pay $418.81. You guys can imagine how happy I was. And even though I don’t like traveling, I thought this was the opportunity and my bae (trying to get trendy here) kept on pushing me to apply for a Canadian visa because she knew I could easily change my mind, that was highly possible. I did apply, and I got bounced!
The Canadian Embassy’s reasons were:
- Your travel history
- Your current employment situation
- Your personal assets and financial situation
The counselor added this:
You have not satisfied me that you would leave Canada at the end of your stay as a temporary resident. Gbemi!
Me! A whole Mutombo Da Poet, staying somewhere for even more than a month will be a problem. So I should just ditch my marriage plans, God bless her, leave all the work I am doing here and stay in someone’s country just to hustle etc… Stupidity! Anyway, moving on.
There was a protest in Accra yesterday by the Ghana Supporters against the Canadian High Commission in Ghana for refusing visas for fans/supporters to go to Canada to support the Black Princesses in the Under-20 World Cup. I hear over 4000 people were bounced including some high-ranking government officials. Very sad indeed, but I have my take on this issue; allow me to take your minds back to Brazil. What happened there? After several people were allowed to enter Brazil to support the Blackstars who sucked, about 100 Ghanaians decided to seek asylum in the country. Yes, they refused to return to Ghana, and I strongly believe that there are so many others who are still in Brazil, aside this huge 100. I was really shy when I heard this disgraceful move by some Ghanaians. I had to cringe anytime I heard the news on the radio or read the news on the Internet. I remember taking a dump this one time and some one tweeted the news onto my timeline. I cringed and unfortunately, that helped me eject faster.
There have also been other instances where even Ghanaian athletes run away from camps instead of running on the tracks, they run far away and are never seen. This is no news, it has been going on for a very long time. Trust me. Will you blame the Canadian Embassy then for refusing visas? They are aware of what went on in Brazil and do not want the same thing happening in their country. “Who Toronto you by mistake?!”. The Ghana supporters are saying those who decided to stay in Brazil are not part of them, but one thing they are forgetting is that, these people are Ghanaians. Country first, Unions second! Bad nuts! It’s really sad that our Black Princesses didn’t have any strong support in Canada and I will agree with anyone who saying that is the reason they have been booted out. Of course, supporters make that game complete but chale, you cant blame the Canadians for this.
You guys apply for visas, they give you a couple of months or weeks and you never return, you ditch your country and start a new life somewhere. Your behaviour has even affected me, most of us want to travel for a short time because of our art etc, but because some bad nuts have stained Ghana’s credibility, we are refused visas and you are now protesting? For WHY? Waste of time. These supporters know what goes on so why are they mad? And they want the embassy to refund their visa application fee? Didn’t they read the forms before applying? Or they were in a rush to leave the country so they didn’t. To a certain level, I agree with the Canadian Embassy’s decision chale, I have to be honest. You are leaving so who fixes the country for you and your children’s children?
But I am really mad the Canadian Embassy refused me a visa though, they should know that people like me, do no want to live anywhere else including their country no matter what. Ghana is my home, and the love that I have for this place, no man will ever understand. She will be mad if I leave her for even a month. And to those fans who wanted to enter Canada, we know some of you wouldn’t have returned, so shut up and wait for the next tournament.