How To Catch an African Chicken

- April 9th, 2012

The Ottawa woman who became the poster child for marriage fraud has now written a book about her experience.

Lainie Towell traveled to Guinea West Africa in 2004 and fell in love with a Guinean drummer named Fodé Mohamed “Akra” Soumah. Eventually they got married. But 29 days after he arrived in Canada, he disappeared. It wasn’t true love. It was marriage fraud. What Akra wanted was his Canadian permanent residency status.

Towell took her case to the public. One event saw her march to Parliament Hill in a white wedding dress while she carried a door on her back. It was a great way to catch the media’s attention who turned out in droves. Since then, Towell has been credited for motivating the government to tighten Canadian laws around marriages of convenience.

Towell still lives in the Ottawa region and you can download her book from Amaazon. It’s called How to Catch an African Chicken.


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  1. Michael Smith says:

    What’s worst : escaping from a controlling wife 29 days after landing into Canada or four years of public campaign against the man you supposedly once loved? The changes in the immigration law ‘to prevent marriages of convenience’ are not even helping people like Lainie Towell.

  2. Jasmin says:

    @ “Michael Smith” – come on now! did you follow the media on her story? The poor woman. You have a right to your opinion, but at least it would be nice it if was an informed one. Clearly the Canadian Government deported him for a reason !!!

  3. Michael Smith says:

    @Jasmin: Poor woman? She looks totally obsessed with getting a revenge on the ex who dumped her. And seriously, if my ex-girlfriend would do a media campaign to expose my private life in the media all across the board, I’d run away from her too, with no shame! Unless he is any murderer or unless he defrauded her for thousands of dollars (is it the case?), than I think this is not worth mentioning. It looks like a boring love story that didn’t work out. I have no clue why he has been deported and I dont’ care. From the articles, he doesn’t look like any danger for anyone. I’m tired of this stupid story.

  4. Walter says:

    I think what we Canadians fail to realize is that we only listen to the Canadian side in alleged cases of immigration fraud. Is it possible she’s a jilted lover? Of course. Is it possible she’s scorned? Absolutely.

    Not saying that there is no immigration fraud, but I get tired of hearing how the Canadian citizens are victims. There are Canadian citizens that get divorced after 2 months of marriage because “it’s not working out’” or because “you changed after marriage.”

    This story was biased in the first place-with the media content only on speaking about her side. It was a case of guilty till proven innocent.

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