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.