Apart from a perplexing dip in rating, indigenous hip hop act, Lord of Ajasa whose real name is Olusegun Osaniyi, is now confronted with another major problem that threatens to leave his career in the doldrums. The Akure, Ondo State native has reportedly been banned from entering the United Kingdom for the next 10 years! E-Punch sources say the artiste was banned when the British High Commission discovered that he presented fake travel documents when he first applied for a visa some time back but was denied.
A source close to the singer told E-Punch that a London-based music promoter had invited him over for a series of shows. They agreed terms and the unnamed promoter sent some documents which the singer was to present at the embassy. Sadly, he did not know the papers were fake. “When they denied him visa, he did not bother to appeal. He just took it philosophically that the trip was not meant to be. However, when he went back recently to apply for another visa, the embassy officials now brought out his file that he presented fake documents the first time. He was really very furious because he was innocent. It was the person in London that should be banned, not Ajasa.”
When E-Punch got across to the singer who burst into the music scene with his free-flowing, laidback lyrics delivered in unadulterated Yoruba language, someone who did not want to be named picked the call. He said it is true that Ajasa was banned from entering the UK but that he was working on getting a lawyer to appeal the ban. “If he had appealed the visa denial that first time, they would have told him his documents were fake but he didn’t and that is why this is happening. He has missed so many shows in London and that is the painful part. We will get a good lawyer to help us reverse the ban,” he says. Several attempts made to reach Lord of Ajasa on phone were futile.