How to Catch an African Chicken ~ A Canadian Woman's Outrageous but True Story of Marriage Fraud

How to Catch an African Chicken ~ A Canadian Woman's Outrageous but True Story of Marriage Fraud

by Lainie Towell

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How to Catch an African Chicken ~ A Canadian Woman's Outrageous but True Story of Marriage Fraud by Lainie Towell

In 2004, a Canadian woman named Lainie traveled to Guinea West Africa and fell in love twice. First with the country’s dance, and then with a Guinean drummer named Keza. After several trips to Conakry, a few bouts of malaria, countless hours apprenticing in an African ballet and some visits to a witch doctor, Lainie and Keza got married. She then sponsored him to come to Canada. Twenty-nine days after Keza arrived in Lainie’s country, he disappeared. He was now a permanent resident of Canada.

If Keza collected welfare, as his sponsor, Lainie would be responsible for reimbursing the government thousands of dollars. Refusing to remain a victim, she took matters into her own hands. Lainie exposed her broken heart along with Canada’s lax immigration laws and went public with her story. Shortly after, a Border Services Officer saw her story in the news and launched an investigation. Lainie discovered first-hand that one woman’s courage and tenacity can spark a movement that helps to change an entire system.

Product Details

BN ID: 2940045783835
Publisher: Lainie Towell
Publication date: 03/21/2014
Sold by: Smashwords
Format: NOOK Book
File size: 3 MB

About the Author

Lainie holds a degree in Art History and is the recipient of several professional dance grants and one inter-arts grant from the Canada Council for the Arts. She has been credited for motivating the government to tighten Canadian laws around marriages of convenience - and she did it by using art as a vehicle for communicating with the media and government about her personal story. Lainie's story caught international media attention when she marched to Parliament Hill wearing her wedding dress and a red door strapped to her back. She lives in Canada's national capital region with her miniature dachshund, Picasso. How to Catch an African Chicken is her first book.

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