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I was denied US visa five times over discrepancies- Portable

By Monsurudeen Olowoopejo

Nigerian afro-beat singer, Habeeb Okikiola popularly called Portable, has revealed that the United States (US) government has turned down his application to travel and perform across the country five times over discrepancies discovered in his documents tender before its embassy in Nigeria.

Portable said that were not from him but from the travel agent and his manager who were complicating issues with the inclusion of people he did not know but was asked to claim they were members of his band.

He disclosed that whenever it was time for him to visit the embassy for an interview, the agent and managers would instruct him to tell the US officials that he would be going on the tour with 10 others who were members of his band.

According to the controversial singer, when he went for the interview, 10 extra people were added to him, and he claimed to be their leader.

The artiste, in an interview released through his social media handle, narrated that whenever he presents this claim before the embassy officials, they often reject his applications, saying this happened five times.

Portable noted that after the fifth attempt for his proposed US tour earlier in the year, he commenced investigations and realised that the names included in his applications were individuals he does not know as well as were not in the industry.

The artiste added that he had no idea who those people were, they all had different surnames, and the moment he presented himself as the leader of the band, he got denied a visa.

Portable revealed his ordeal barely six months after the recent proposed US tour was canceled in spite of making the tour public, informing many music lovers abroad of the plan.

The Afro-beat singer, before the tour was aborted, had scheduled 18 locations where he would be performing across the country to expose people to his brand of music.

Some of the cities Portable was expected to visit were Houston and Dallas, Texas; Atlanta, Georgia; Phoneix, Arizona, Pennsylvania; San Francisco, Rhode Island, New York City and other major cities.

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