She posed for airport pics and did airport interviews but singer Babes Wodumo might not actually be able to use an airport and end up missing the BET Awards 2017 on Sunday that she is supposed to attend in Los Angeles.
Babes Wodumo doesn’t have an American visa and failed to apply for one in time.
While Babes Wodumo (real name Bongekile Simelane) posed for the cameras last week and had time to attend a celebratory eThekwini municipality “send-off breakfast”, she hasn’t yet applied for her American travel visa for her first visit to the United States and only went to the American Embassy in Durban on Tuesday.
That is not enough time for the still to happen person-to-person interview, visa documents to be processed and for the visa to be inserted into a passport for Babes to still fly to Los Angeles for Sunday’s BET Awards 2017 at the Microsoft Theatre that will be broadcast on BET Africa (DStv 129).
The Durban rapper Nasty C also attending the BET Awards 2017 is already in America. The two South African artists are nominated in the Best international African artist category.
Viacom International Media Networks Africa (VIMN Africa) that operates the BET channel, says they are aware that Babes is still sitting without an American visa and can’t currently enter the United States.
VIMN tells TVwithThinus in response to a media enquiry that "as Viacom International Media Networks Africa, we have assisted the 2017 BET Awards nominees in securing their travel requirements in a speedy manner".
"However it has been brought to our attention by the management of the nominee in question that she has not secured a visa. We are in contact with the nominee’s management and are working together to find a solution."
Will Babes get her behind in a BET Awards seat in time?