A Nigerian lady has accused the Ugandan state of being discriminatory against Nigerians, amid the standoff sparked by the arrest of Nigerian singers Omah Lay and Tems after their performance in the country.
Recounting how she was denied work visa, @politicofareeda alleged that Ugandan authorities held her passport for 7 months because of an appeal. She added that she was given options of canceling her appeal and exiting the country for good, or find another Nigerian to submit their passport for insurance.
I lived in Uganda for a year. The state is very discriminatory towards Nigerians no be today. After denying me a work visa(first time they ever did for the organization I worked for, my predecessors were American/Canadian), they kept my passport for 7 months because of appeal.
I needed to travel for some things and they said my choices were to cancel my appeal and exit the country for good, or find another Nigerian to submit their passport for insurance. They also asked for 800,000 UGX bribe. I refused and my “lawyer” called me a bitch and cunt.
Got so depressed I quit my job(2 year contract turned to 1). Cancelled the appeal and they carried me in an immigration vehicle and escorted me all the way to passport control before they handed my passport to me. It looked like I was being deported even though I wasn’t. I cried.
So yeah. Uganda is terrible to us. I have more east african terrible treatment stories but Uganda definitely took the cake.