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Travel / Re: Give Birth In USA: Cost And Procedures Part 5 by Dxbconnection(f): 2:55pm
I travelled with Emirates at 32 weeks plus yesterday. POE was Houston. It was such a long flight. 16 hours.

I had my doctor's fit to fly and the form on Emirates website. Was asked for just fit to fly and how far along I was. Guess they couldn't do the calculation. Every Emirates staff I met asked for my "birth certificate" lol funny people.

At houston, I was one of the first 5 or so people to get off the plane and saw there were just a few people there. But I had to use the bathroom. My money and documents were in my suitcase and needed it in my handbag. And I also needed to pee. For the 100th time.

By the time I got out the line was long already. When it got to my turn I was directed to a black guy.

CBP: hello, passport and landing card please
Gives him
CBP: You live in UAE? Dubai?
Yes.
CBP: ****mentions my name is from so so tribe
I said yes. I saw his name looked African but couldn't place it and asked here he was from

CBP: My mom is from mentions my state, my dad is from mentions my husband's state. Launches into a description of his village mentions popular people asking if I knew them. And even mentions where he had land. And asked if I knew it. grin

I said my husband is from his father's state.
CBP: but your last name doesn't show this
I told him that's because I am not taking my husband's last name. He said ok.

CBP: how old are you
Before I could answer he looks at my passport. And said ha! I wasn't even born yet by the time he came to America. By the time I was born he was in the military already.

CBP: is anybody picking you up.
Yes my concierge service is
CBP: the address on your landing card is quite far from here. Hopefully it will be close to your hospital.

Mind you he hadn't asked what I came for and I got my visa a year ago so not for childbirth. He just assumed i came to have my baby. All these while he was signing for me to put this finger here and that finger for scanning.

Told him what hospital I was using. He said how much do I have. I had declared over 10k. So told him. He said "my naija people are learning" before now they would try to sneak in by hiding their bumps and whatnot. I couldn't even hide my bump even if I wanted to. I was sweating like crazy. The airport was like a sauna. I had on a sleeveless top. They were lucky I even had on any clothes at all.

That's it he signed me in. Gave me his full name to ask my husband if he knows his family.

Picked my suitcases and was stopped by agriculture. Even though I had nothing to declare. He wrote dollar sign on my landing card. My bags were checked. I was given a form to fill. They didn't count my money though. That was how I bounced.

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Travel / Re: U.S Visit: Point Of Entry Interview/stories. by TWoods(m): 2:26am
seyewest:
it's a form they will give you in the plane to fill before landing in U.S you must fill your purpose of coming to U.S and also address you will be staying in U.S... I think you will have to declare if you have food or money in excess of $10000

You mean a I94? the I90 is used to renew or replace a green card.
Travel / Re: U.S Visit: Point Of Entry Interview/stories. by fadjnr(m): 12:31pm On Mar 22
seyewest:
it's a form they will give you in the plane to fill before landing in U.S you must fill your purpose of coming to U.S and also address you will be staying in U.S... I think you will have to declare if you have food or money in excess of $10000

Bro can I whatsapp you? I need to ask further questions please
Travel / Re: U.S Visit: Point Of Entry Interview/stories. by seyewest(m): 11:56am On Mar 22
fadjnr:


Please what's the I-90 form for?
it's a form they will give you in the plane to fill before landing in U.S you must fill your purpose of coming to U.S and also address you will be staying in U.S... I think you will have to declare if you have food or money in excess of $10000
Travel / Re: First Time In Nigeria, Visa From South Africa? by Neyoalao(m): 9:33am On Mar 22
yorubalove:
Yes, I'm black. Does it matter what shade of black I am?

@Neyoalao - Thank you. If you find any information please let me know. I'm also going to call the Consulate or whatever official office tomorrow as well to inquire. Actually, I'm at the airport now as I type this so I will inquire here before I leave as well.

@Ademat7 - Thank you for the restaurant suggestion. I plan on searching NL for the best restaurants and starting a separate thread if necessary to ascertain the best eateries for local Nigerian food as well as the best guesthouses.

I see no-one has mentioned Hausa yet. Will it also be easy to get immersed in that as well? Hopefully, I can find a place where both are available.

The fifty shade of black will do... LOL
Well since your color is that of the majority trust me you're fine you wouldn't find too much attention.
The airport is the best place to ask so you can know if you can get on a plane for country that has visa on arrival.
As for the guesthouse there are different platforms online where you can get them. Just search the keywords on google... Guesthouse in ibadan, in Lagos mainland, in Abeokuta.. Anywhere you will be able to check the pictures and see if it meets your specs.
For restaurants I heard there's this olaiya on the Island with nice amala.
As per the Hausa you will get them every corner you enter in Lagos trust me. But just be extra careful with them. And you will need someone who knows the town well and can be with you to give you some amount of safety and tell you the does and don't.
Safe trips man. How long do you intend staying?
Travel / Re: Laptops, Tablets To Be Banned On Middle East-US Flights by Funjosh(m): 3:35pm On Mar 21
ichommy:
Someone cannot Use Gadgets in Middle East flight in Peace again?

If it will help fighting Terrorism, No Problem.

Imaging Pressing a Button on a laptop and D plane explode.




When are you coming back online.
Travel / Re: Laptops, Tablets To Be Banned On Middle East-US Flights by ichommy(m): 2:55pm On Mar 21
Someone cannot Use Gadgets in Middle East flight in Peace again?

If it will help fighting Terrorism, No Problem.

Imaging Pressing a Button on a laptop and D plane explode.
Travel / Re: Yankee: through the eyes of a village boy. by Hushee(m): 1:55pm On Mar 21
smithsydny:
u no no ehhh., ok no be my mouth u go hear say vegetable nearly fall wen him come down plane.. grin
Ah!!! God go epp u o
Travel / Re: UK Spouse Visa/Appeal Process-part2 by lollipop422(f): 12:02pm On Mar 21
This is how I organised ours, I provided the below contents page and I separated each section with a title page.

Remember they said anything that you don't photocopy they may not send back

1. Application Form
2. Appendix 2
3. English Language Evidence
3.1. IELTS Life Skills A1 Test Report Form
• Photocopy
4. Relationship documents
4.1. Marriage Certificate
• Photocopy
4.2. Sponsor Letter
4.3. Applicant Letter
4.4. Screenshots of Whatsapp Conversations
4.5. Screenshots of Whatsapp call logs
4.5.1. In-depth screenshots of Whatsapp calls
4.6. Screenshots of Facetime call logs
4.7. Screenshots of Skype call logs and conversations
4.8. Screenshots of BBM messages
4.9. Email Messages
4.10. Birthday Cards to each other
4.11. Train tickets and hotel booking
4.12. Pictures with descriptions on the back
4.13. Sponsors plane tickets to Nigeria
5. Maintenance Documents
5.1. Sponsor Passport photocopy
5.2. Payslips – 12 Consecutive months
• Photocopy
5.3. Bank Statement – 6 Consecutive months
5.4. Contract of Employment
5.4.1. Confirmation of New Job title
5.4.2. Confirmation of employment
5.4.3. Confirmation of Salary Increase
5.5. Applicants Bank Statement
5.6. Support Letter from Father
5.6.1. UK Bank Statement
5.6.2. Nigerian Bank Statement
5.6.3. Proof of property in London
6. Accommodation Documents
6.1. Letter from Sponsors Brother and Sister-in-law
6.1.1. Mortgage Statement 2015
6.1.2. Council Tax Bill 2016 – 2017
6.2. Pictures of Double bedroom, bathroom and reception room
7. TB Certificate
7.1. TB Medical Certificate
• Photocopy
7.2. Screening programme Consent Form
• Photocopy
7.3. Official receipt
• Photocopy
8. Additional Documents
8.1. Applicants Birth Certificate
8.2. Refusal Letter Visitor visa
8.3. Refusal Letter Visitor Visa
8.4. Applicants Employment confirmation letter
8.4.1. Applicants employee ID card
8.4.2. Company’s Memorandum and Articles of Association
8.4.3. Certificate of incorporation
8.4.4. Clearing Documents
8.5. Zenith Bank Shares
• Photocopies

tosine:
Thank you.

If you feel like posting the list of your supporting documents, I wouldn't mind, to guide someone like me finally compiling all my documents. If not then it's ok.

I wish you a safe trip to the UK.

Travel / Breaking News: A Passenger Plane Crashes In South Sudan by SageTravels: 10:04am On Mar 21
A passenger plane carrying 44 passengers and five crew onboard has crashed and burst into flames after landing at Wau Airport, South Sudan on Monday. Everyone onboard survived.

The Antonov An-26 belonging to South Supreme Airlines was on a domestic scheduled passenger flight from the capital Juba to Wau in northwest South Sudan when it crashed.

Bad weather and poor visibility appear to have contributed to the crash as the plane overshot the runway and hit a fire truck and caught fire, according to an eye witness.

The plane was landing but then crashed, according to Wau's Acting Airport Manager Stephen Youngule who is also Deputy Director of Air Traffic Services.

"The plane touched down and then jumped up again. The pilot couldn't control it," said Youngule. "I saw it until the very last moment before the fire engulfed the aircraft."

When the plane crashed, its door flew open, which allowed the pilot and rescue crews to get everybody out, he said. Those with injuries were taken to Wau's hospital for treatment, said Youngule.

Injured passengers and a crew members were taken to a local hospital for treatment to injuries sustained during the crash and evacuation.

South Supreme Airlines has reportedly suspended operations with immediate effect. The airline began operations in September 2013 with only two small aircraft.

https://www.afritraveller.com/single-post/2017/03/21/A-Passenger-plane-Crashes-in-South-Sudan

Travel / Re: African Business Summit In US has No African Delegates. Their Visas Were Denied by ojlifa: 7:48pm On Mar 20
when a woman wants you she doesn't approach you,rather she presents herself in such a manner that invited you to approach. you want to jump the gun.you want investment you do not fly to the states you rather put together a world class event in your country which invites people to come see.

davidif:


Wrong! You don't take a girl to meet your mom on the first date do you? You get to know them first then figure out if you even want to go out on a second date. You see that's how the business world works. You first listen to the proposition about what you are selling them then decide If I want to know more. You don't just get on a plane and fly to some continent looking for business ventures. If Rwandans want me to come and invest in there country. They will have to convince me first before I even consider taking a flight there. This is how business is usually done. Not everyone is willing to just take a plane and fly halfway across the world for a summit whem they have other things to do. This is just an introductory 'get to know you' kind of thing.
Travel / Re: African Business Summit In US has No African Delegates. Their Visas Were Denied by Primebuilders: 6:51pm On Mar 20
davidif:


You don't take a girl to meet your mom on the first date do you? You get to know them first then figure out if you even want to ask them out on a second date. You see that's how the business world works. You first listen to the proposition about what you are selling to you then after the presentation, you can decide If you want to know more. If Rwandans want me to come and invest in there country. They will have to convince me very well first before I even consider taking a flight there. This is how business is usually done. Not everyone is willing to just take a plane and fly halfway across the world for a summit when they probably have other things to do. This is just an introductory 'get to know you' kind of thing not let's meet your parents kind of thing.


I beg to differ. Look at the opening sentence

Each year, the University of Southern California brings delegations from Africa to meet with business leaders, government officials and others in the U.S. But this year, the African summit has no Africans. All were denied visas.

This summit have been going on for years. They should come to Africa and hold the summit if it not academic exercise
Travel / Plane Crash-lands In South Sudan With 45 On Board by FemoPolitics: 4:19pm On Mar 20
A passenger jet carrying 45 people crash-landed in South Sudan’s north-western city of Wau on Monday, leaving at least 14 people injured, government and airport officials said.
http://skytrendnews.com/2017/03/20/plane-crash-lands-south-sudan-45-board/

Travel / The Weird-est Passenger On A Plane by blackbriar: 3:05pm On Mar 20
Well. I had a friend who worked as a flight attendant and she got into a mild argument with a guy who insisted on having EVERYTHING that was free or complimentary on the flight. He was highly annoying and constantly asked crew for stuff. If he saw someone next to him get something, he wanted it too.

At one point during the flight a lady asked for a sanitary pad to help her with an 'emergency' situation. He insisted he should have one too - cos you know, it's free, right?

My friend tried to reason with him. I'm not sure if his English was 100%, because he insisted again and seemed to assume the pad was one of these...

A sleep mask.​
​​
Upon receiving his sanitary pad he proceeded to peel the paper backing off and expose the sticky side; he stuck the thing over his eyes and soon afterwards fell asleep...

THE END.
Travel / Stranded In Port Harcourt; Waiting For Air Peace by zik4ever: 12:53pm On Mar 20
It is 7.30 pm. I am still at the Port Harcourt Airport. I have been here since 4.30 pm. I finished my business in town earlier than planned. So I headed to the Airport for my 6.30 pm flight. I was the first person to be checked in and immediately headed for the boarding gate to wait for my 6.30pm flight, which is supposed to be the last flight of the day for Air Peace. It is now 7.30 pm, an hour past when my flight should have taken off, I am still sitting at the Airport.

There has been no single word from Air Peace on what has happened to the 6.30 pm flight. I am not certain how much longer I have to wait for the flight. It is the boredom of the endless wait that made me bring out my laptop to write about my experience sitting here and just waiting for Air Peace.

It is 7.41 pm and they just announced the arrival of Lufthansa from Frankfurt. That plane must have been closer to Germany than Nigeria; just about the same time I left BusinessDay office in Port Harcourt for the Airport. They are here and I am still waiting for Air Peace.

A lady has just come to stretch out on the long chair a few metres from me. She has turned her long head tie to some form of emergency covering so that she can sleep. Like me, she has been waiting for quite some time and has decided to have a nap. She is now rearranging the chairs so that she can sleep a bit more comfortably.

Another lady is with a one year four month old baby. She arrived at the airport not too long after me. I know because I saw her come in with her baby. I overhead her saying she is also travelling on Air Peace. The baby has been running around the airport. She has fallen down twice and the mother has had to pick her up and console her. I can see she is tired as she carries her baby walking around the departure lounge trying to console the crying and uncomfortable baby.

Some good news. The cable TV just came back on in the only decent restaurant at the Port Harcourt airport. It has been rebooting for the past two hours apparently because rain was falling in some part of town even though it was not yet raining at the airport.

It is 7.51 pm and there is an announcement involving Air Peace. No it is not that the flight is here. A passenger on Air Peace is being asked to contact the counter for an urgent message. I am wondering if passengers are being called one by one to tell them that Air Peace is not coming in today because there was still no word on when the flight would be coming in.

Now my laptop’s battery is about to go down. My two phones are also less than 10 per cent charged. They are going to die soon too.

7.54 pm, Air France passengers are being asked to check in. There is still no sign of Air Peace yet or any indication of when it is coming in. I am thinking that Air France would properly get to its destination before Air Peace gets to Port Harcourt.

7.56 pm. The first announcement that Air France passengers should start boarding was wrong, the announcer says. The plane is just arriving. So, I wonder, who passed on the wrong information to the announcer?

I over hear a passenger saying that the Aero flight that was supposed to come at 4 pm is yet to arrive. It is 7.57 pm. He says he has been here since 3 pm. He is saying that he wished Nigerian roads were good, he would have preferred to just fuel his car and go by road.

It is 8 pm. The arrival of Aero Contractors is announced. You could feel the relief among passengers waiting for the flight. My phone rings. It is my wife asking if she should leave dinner for me. I tell her not to worry, that I already had my dinner at the airport.

8.05 pm. Boarding announcement for Aero Contractors is announced. A young lady asks if the boarding announcement is for Air Peace. She is disappointed when she is told it is not. I hear the lady sleeping on the “make shift bed of chairs” complaining to her travel companion that mosquitoes are biting her. I hear another person looking for the owner of a phone that has been left charging. Everyone seems to be looking for a charging point for his or her phone or laptop.

It is 8.07 pm, still no sign of Air Peace. Boarding announcement is made for Medview, another flight that has been delayed for at least 45 minutes.

Now the departure lounge is getting empty. It is just Air Peace passengers left. I hear someone ask why Air Peace would have the problems of Arik when they do not have the size of Arik yet. It is 8.12 pm and still no sign of Air Peace and there has been no announcement of when it is coming in.

At about 8.35 pm, without any announcements, passengers start running to board an Air Peace aircraft. Apparently, two air peace aircrafts have been on ground. I did hear anyone announce their arrival or that Air Peace passengers should start boarding.

Nonetheless, I ran with the other passengers towards the make shift boarding gate, only to be told at the gate that the only passengers on the 2 pm flight were boarding.

That left those of us waiting for the 6.30 pm to start wondering when we will be boarding if passengers on the 2 pm flight were just board at almost 9 pm. Some passengers were already asking that the flight should be cancelled. But that would have meant that those of us not resident in Port Harcourt would have had to go and search for a hotel at about 9 pm to stay in. At about 9.25 pm, we were eventually called to board our flight. It has been more than three hours of uncertainty. The pilot apologised on behalf of Air Peace for the delayed flight but that was three hours late.

Cancelled and delayed flights have become a culture for domestic flights in Nigeria. The question that comes to my mind is: whether this is a symptom of poor regulation or even lack of regulatory capacity in the sector? The Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA) apparently has no capacity to check this trend. In what other areas are they lacking capacity? The government should not wait for the planes to start falling from the sky before dealing with the issues.

http://www.businessdayonline.com/stranded-port-harcourt-waiting-air-peace/
Travel / Re: African Business Summit In US has No African Delegates. Their Visas Were Denied by jameseva: 10:31am On Mar 20
davidif:


You don't take a girl to meet your mom on the first date do you? You get to know them first then figure out if you even want to ask them out on a second date. You see that's how the business world works. You first listen to the proposition about what you are selling to you then after the presentation, you can decide If you want to know more. If Rwandans want me to come and invest in there country. They will have to convince me very well first before I even consider taking a flight there. This is how business is usually done. Not everyone is willing to just take a plane and fly halfway across the world for a summit when they probably have other things to do. This is just an introductory 'get to know you' kind of thing not let's meet your parents kind of thing.

Brain dey your head joor wink

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Travel / Re: Chaos At Jos Airport: Passengers Block Arik Air Flight From Taking Off by Reyus: 9:29am On Mar 20
All air passengers complaining should thank God that no plane crash has resulted in this ill-gotten Arik-Air.

The airline was established from blood money and money from corruption by Peter Odili and Arumeni-Johnson about 15years ago.

Be not deceived, God is not mocked, what you sow is what you will definitely reap... Gal 6.7

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Travel / Re: Chaos At Jos Airport: Passengers Block Arik Air Flight From Taking Off by GogobiriLalas: 9:13am On Mar 20
All these botha people sef...just catch standing inside plane...all na for the glory of God
Travel / Re: Chaos At Jos Airport: Passengers Block Arik Air Flight From Taking Off by hardbody: 8:41am On Mar 20
harbdulrasaq88:
The Yakubu Gowon Airport, Heipang in Plateau State on Sunday was in a state of chaos as passengers prevented the takeoff of a flight.

According to reports, Arik Air sent a 70-passenger plane to convey over 140 passengers who booked tickets for Lagos.

A passenger said tickets were booked for Sunday 1pm to Lagos and they were surprised when Arik sent a plane that could only accommodate about 70 passengers.

The passenger said the small plane had landed at 1:15 pm but passengers who were not given boarding pass blocked the check-in, and insisted that no one would leave unless the airline was able to convey all the passengers.

By 3:43pm, the passengers reached an agreement to allow all those with connecting international flights, women and children and the elderly to board the first flight while others waited for another plane which they claimed Arik official assured them would take off from Kaduna to Jos.


http://www.newshelm.com/2017/03/chaos-at-jos-airport-passengers-block.html

cc lalasticlala

I have no sympathy for the passengers. Who in his right senses flies Arik these days?

I have said it severally, book an Arik ticket for me for free and dash me money join, I would not go with them. Chances are that the flight might never take off before the business intended is closed, so why bother.

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Travel / Re: Chaos At Jos Airport: Passengers Block Arik Air Flight From Taking Off by ekems2017(f): 8:40am On Mar 20
Arik management is just wicked. Do they want to tell me they don't have a bigger plane to convey everyone there? Or just the typical Nigerian way of punishing its citizen.

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Travel / Chaos At Jos Airport: Passengers Block Arik Air Flight From Taking Off by harbdulrasaq88(m): 8:31am On Mar 20
The Yakubu Gowon Airport, Heipang in Plateau State on Sunday was in a state of chaos as passengers prevented the takeoff of a flight.

According to reports, Arik Air sent a 70-passenger plane to convey over 140 passengers who booked tickets for Lagos.

A passenger said tickets were booked for Sunday 1pm to Lagos and they were surprised when Arik sent a plane that could only accommodate about 70 passengers.

The passenger said the small plane had landed at 1:15 pm but passengers who were not given boarding pass blocked the check-in, and insisted that no one would leave unless the airline was able to convey all the passengers.

By 3:43pm, the passengers reached an agreement to allow all those with connecting international flights, women and children and the elderly to board the first flight while others waited for another plane which they claimed Arik official assured them would take off from Kaduna to Jos.


http://www.newshelm.com/2017/03/chaos-at-jos-airport-passengers-block.html

cc lalasticlala

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Travel / Re: Canadian Student Visa Thread Part 12 by michaelbelgium(m): 7:08am On Mar 20
Osemigho:

Congrats. Kindly join the Visa plane. cool
thank you sir...i'll be needing your help soon
Travel / Re: African Business Summit In US has No African Delegates. Their Visas Were Denied by davidif: 4:48am On Mar 20
Horus:


Yes I did; They should simply do the summit in Africa to attracti investors in Africa

You don't take a girl to meet your mom on the first date do you? You get to know them first then figure out if you even want to ask them out on a second date. You see that's how the business world works. You first listen to the proposition about what you are selling to you then after the presentation, you can decide If you want to know more. If Rwandans want me to come and invest in there country. They will have to convince me very well first before I even consider taking a flight there. This is how business is usually done. Not everyone is willing to just take a plane and fly halfway across the world for a summit when they probably have other things to do. This is just an introductory 'get to know you' kind of thing not let's meet your parents kind of thing.

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Travel / Re: African Business Summit In US has No African Delegates. Their Visas Were Denied by davidif: 4:45am On Mar 20
ojlifa:
when you want to invent in something,you go there and take a face hand look.



Wrong! You don't take a girl to meet your mom on the first date do you? You get to know them first then figure out if you even want to go out on a second date with them. You see that's how the business world works. You first listen to the proposition about what they are selling then you decide if you want to know more. You don't just get on a plane and fly to some continent looking for business ventures. If Rwandans want me to come and invest in there country. They will have to convince me first before I even consider taking a flight there. This is how business is usually done. Not everyone is willing to just take a plane and fly halfway across the world for a summit when they have other things to do. This is just an introductory 'get to know you' kind of thing.

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Travel / Re: Canadian Student Visa Thread Part 12 by Osemigho: 11:39pm On Mar 19
michaelbelgium:
finally got an offer. M.Eng in chemical engineering...UOttawa fall 2017

Congrats. Kindly join the Visa plane. cool
Travel / African Business Summit In US has No African Delegates. Their Visas Were Denied by jameseva: 7:15pm On Mar 19
Each year, the University of Southern California brings delegations from Africa to meet with business leaders, government officials and others in the U.S. But this year, the African summit has no Africans. All were denied visas.

Visa issues are not uncommon for people traveling from African nations. During her prior three summits, Mary Flowers saw a high percentage of her attendees at the African Global Economic and Development Summit, unable to attain visas.

"Usually we get 40 percent that get rejected but the others come," said Flowers, chair of the African Global Economic and Development Summit. "This year it was 100 percent. Every delegation. And it was sad to see, because these people were so disheartened."

Flowers estimated that she lost about 100 attendees, including speakers and government officials. The countries affected included Sierra Leone, Guinea, Ghana, Nigeria, Ethiopia and South Africa.

'A discrimination issue'

"I have to say that most of us feel it's a discrimination issue with the African nations," said Flowers. "We experience it over and over and over, and the people being rejected are legitimate business people with ties to the continent."

A request for comment from the State Department was not immediately returned.

Flowers said those who were denied visas were called for embassy interviews just days before they were supposed to travel, despite having applied weeks or even months ahead of time.

One of those denied a visa was Prince Kojo Hilton, a Ghanaian artist whose work includes special effects and graphic art. He paid his $500 fee to attend the event and was asked to lead a session on filmmaking. But he held off buying his plane ticket until his appointment at the embassy on March 13, four days before he was supposed to travel.

"I was really disappointed when I went to the embassy," Hilton said in an interview with VOA.

Travel ban

It remains unclear why all of the Africans heading to the event were denied visas this year.

Diane E. Watson, who formerly represented a Los Angeles-area district in Congress, said she had called the State Department to ask for information about the denial of visas for would-be delegates to the USC summit. But the State Department isn't allowed to discuss individual visa cases.

With the heightened attention on foreign nationals coming to the U.S., there have been stories of more visas being denied to people from countries other than those named in the Trump administration's executive orders. But visas are routinely denied by U.S. embassies without explanation.

If there has been an increase in the number of visas rejected under the new administration, it's hard to verify. The publicly available State Department data dates only to late 2016.

https://www.google.com.ng/amp/www.voanews.com/amp/3770907.html

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Travel / Re: Xenophobia: See What This Kenyan Living In RSA Has To Say by BUTCHCASSIDY: 3:34pm On Mar 19
MtuMsuper:

Interesting. In the meantime, am also asking for a small favour. Give us a line by line translation. Can you do it? What are the other lobola requirements? I don't want to buy a plane ticket to SA only to be ambushed with a crazy surprise by uncles . I wouldn't want to be like Malema being bundled out on SONA address, would I?

I am above 6ft tall, just if you're asking.

ZarZar:


Hmmm, nice height wink The women are not privy to what's being agreed upon, so I wouldn't know. Just bring your uncles & al-al-alcohol to soften their hearts & cloud their minds tongue

my my that was fast

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Travel / Re: Xenophobia: See What This Kenyan Living In RSA Has To Say by ZarZar(f): 2:54pm On Mar 19
MtuMsuper:

Interesting. In the meantime, am also asking for a small favour. Give us a line by line translation. Can you do it? What are the other lobola requirements? I don't want to buy a plane ticket to SA only to be ambushed with a crazy surprise by uncles . I wouldn't want to be like Malema being bundled out on SONA address, would I?

I am above 6ft tall, just if you're asking.

Hmmm, nice height wink The women are not privy to what's being agreed upon, so I wouldn't know. Just bring your uncles & al-al-alcohol to soften their hearts & cloud their minds tongue
Travel / Re: Xenophobia: See What This Kenyan Living In RSA Has To Say by MtuMsuper: 2:08pm On Mar 19
ZarZar:


Haaa! I haven't heard that song in a long time. Thanks for taking me down memory lane with that one. Mqombothi is made of sorghum.
Interesting. In the meantime, am also asking for a small favour. Give us a line by line translation. Can you do it? What are the other lobola requirements? I don't want to buy a plane ticket to SA only to be ambushed with a crazy surprise by uncles . I wouldn't want to be like Malema being bundled out on SONA address, would I?

I am above 6ft tall, just if you're asking.
Travel / Africa Trade Meeting Has No Africans After US Visa Denials by gentlemate00: 5:41am On Mar 19
Each year, the University of Southern California brings delegations from Africa to meet with business leaders, government officials and others in the U.S. But this year, the African summit has no Africans. All were denied visas.

Visa issues are not uncommon for people traveling from African nations. During her prior three summits, Mary Flowers saw a high percentage of her attendees at the African Global Economic and Development Summit, unable to attain visas.

"Usually we get 40 percent that get rejected but the others come," said Flowers, chair of the African Global Economic and Development Summit. "This year it was 100 percent. Every delegation. And it was sad to see, because these people were so disheartened."

Flowers estimated that she lost about 100 attendees, including speakers and government officials. The countries affected included Sierra Leone, Guinea, Ghana, Nigeria, Ethiopia and South Africa.

'A discrimination issue'

"I have to say that most of us feel it's a discrimination issue with the African nations," said Flowers. "We experience it over and over and over, and the people being rejected are legitimate business people with ties to the continent."

A request for comment from the State Department was not immediately returned.

Flowers said those who were denied visas were called for embassy interviews just days before they were supposed to travel, despite having applied weeks or even months ahead of time.

One of those denied a visa was Prince Kojo Hilton, a Ghanaian artist whose work includes special effects and graphic art. He paid his $500 fee to attend the event and was asked to lead a session on filmmaking. But he held off buying his plane ticket until his appointment at the embassy on March 13, four days before he was supposed to travel.

"I was really disappointed when I went to the embassy," Hilton said in an interview with VOA.

Travel ban

It remains unclear why all of the Africans heading to the event were denied visas this year.

Diane E. Watson, who formerly represented a Los Angeles-area district in Congress, said she had called the State Department to ask for information about the denial of visas for would-be delegates to the USC summit. But the State Department isn't allowed to discuss individual visa cases.

With the heightened attention on foreign nationals coming to the U.S., there have been stories of more visas being denied to people from countries other than those named in the Trump administration's executive orders. But visas are routinely denied by U.S. embassies without explanation.

If there has been an increase in the number of visas rejected under the new administration, it's hard to verify. The publicly available State Department data dates only to late




http://www.voanews.com/amp/3770907.html..
Travel / Re: Canada Visit/tourist Visa Discussion. by awelekiti(m): 11:22am On Mar 18
OmoBendel24:


Quarrel no dey this one oh, abeg my people! If there's a proper understanding, there wouldn't be misunderstanding, really! Code-share workings makes both of you correct, these are possibilities, I mean the situation you both are supporting. I have missed a KLM flight by whiskers before, was moved to the next available Air France flight of the night, got to CDG and flew Delta to JFK, on my return, I flew Delta from ATL to FCO Milan, from there to LOS it was Alitalia. Why? CODESHARE! Also I've flown United to IAH and came back with Lufthansa via FRA before as a result of CODESHARE/Alliance.... It makes the experience smoother and easily adjustable with miles accrued still being secure, it's a welcome development.

Just really ain't wanting my crew to fly Egyptair to Canada before (na there the wahala be dey), would have loved if codeshare stuff will make AirCanada our lot cheesy. But then, if allowed on the North America route, the aircraft sure meets standard and even over. Egyptair from naija to Cairo no be moimoi before self.... Tell me of your experiences with them you both and everyone else that got it, and is reading me here too. Thanks and regards.
the experience was relatively ok apart from when returning home (from Cairo airport to Lagos). The second time I flew the airline, I concluded by taying to my self that both egyptair and turkish airlines do hold meetings on the way to treat Nigerian passengers from their airports to Lagos. I was served pasta as the did all other passengers on board. I had same terrible experience on one of my trips back home onboard turkish airlines. My colleague also confirmed this after my experience. turkish airlines served us a menu list to choose from, being the meal to be served on that flight. I ticked rice with chicken. Amazingly, we were all served pasta grin grin. O boy, come see protest. I can't forget that day. The crew members came to address passengers, that they were sorry because they didn't know the meal made available on that flight was pasta...but they gave us a menu list, imagine. One point to note here is that, airlines also go on lease agreement on their aircrafts. I knew this after we all complained of missing screens on the flight. We didn't know where we were headed..no maps nothing, the flight just ooze dey go. The crew members said the aircraft was leased to them, that it's not their plane ut turkish airways is the one operating it and they would not our complaint at their office. Btw, From Lagos to Cairo egyptair it was a good, smooth flight experience with nice treat on board, similar to what's obtainable in any of the west-bound airlines...i also enjoyed same service from Cairo to Canada. Maybe you should give it a try. I

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Travel / Re: Canada Visit/tourist Visa Discussion. by awelekiti(m): 7:44am On Mar 18
SOTAJ:
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This is not correct please. You are gonna be flying on an Egyptair plane even from Cairo to Toronto. It is only when you are going farther than Toronto within Canada that you would fly AirCanada from Toronto via their agreement. I flew them to Calgary from Naija and back last May.
Hmmmm. I'd flown egyptair to canada on a couple of occasions in the past and the flight name changes from Cairo. I'd simply advise you do your home work solidly next time before you say somebody's claim isn't correct, or you ask for proofs or clarification if in doubt so you don't end up turning yourself into a laughing stock. There was a time I flew turkish airlines to north America and the name on the flight was different but only operated by turkish airlines, same with airfrance connecting flight to other destinations across the globe. This I know very well cos I always experience this. Maybe the below link will clear your doubt.

https://www.egyptair.com/en/about-egyptair/Pages/code-share-partners.aspx
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