When the story first broke in Ghana that Abodam, who is also known as ‘The King of the Streets’, had been denied entry into the UK on March 2 because he had no working permit for his March 9 music tour, showbiz pundits dismissed it as a publicity stunt.
But speaking to Kwesi Aboagye on Peace FM’s Entertainment Review last Saturday, Abodam confirmed the report and said he only went to the UK to hold further meetings with the organisers of the March 9 tour but not to work so he did not go with a working permit.
According to Kwaw Kese, he intended to return to Ghana after the meetings and again fly back to the UK with his band on March 9 for the tour that begins same day.
When Kwesi Aboagye asked Abodam the type of UK visa he had and the duration, the hip life musician said he did not need a visa to enter the UK and that the type of travelling passport he used did not require a visa for him to travel.
Peacefmonline.com reported on Friday that though Kwaw tried to convince the UK immigration officials and made several calls to his partners in the UK, they insisted that there was no way he would be allowed entry.
Speaking on the Entertainment Review show, Abodam’s manager, Fennec Okyere, said he was not to be blamed for the incident because as far as he was concerned, all travelling documents for Kwaw were ready.
Fennec said he was not aware that the company in UK with which the tour was planned had not given Abodam his work permit as at the time he left Ghana.
Both Abodam and Fennec however assured their fans in Ghana and in the UK that there was no cause for alarm as the situation was an immigration issue which had been sorted out.
The musician and his manager were of a firm belief that the tour would come off and would be a successful one.