Denied: Obroni Remembers Man Who Offered Him Accommodation, Tells Him to Apply for US Tourist Visa

Denied: Obroni Remembers Man Who Offered Him Accommodation, Tells Him to Apply for US Tourist Visa

  • An American man has shared a touching story of how an African man from Benin helped him some years ago
  • The oyinbo man wanted to reward him by inviting him to visit the US and promising to pay for his travel fees
  • After paying a hefty sum for a visa application fee, the American embassy rejected him despite his intention to return to Benin

A white man, Tim Hirschel-Burns, narrated how a man from Benin, Anicet, offered him free accommodation and hospitality when he visited his country.

As a mark of gratitude, the American planned for Anicet to visit the US so that he could spend some time abroad and enjoy.

American visa application/Man on tourist visa.
The American and the man posed for a photo. Photo source: @TimH_B, Getty Images/Yury Karamanenko, , narvikk
Source: UGC

American tourist visa application

When the Beninoise man applied for a tourist visa to America, Tim signed a document to show that he was willing to cover all his travel expenses.

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Tim became sad that he was rejected despite Anicet waiting eight months for his visa interview.

In a lengthy Twitter (X) thread, the American man said the US embassy always assumed that those on tourist visas would never return to their home countries. His rejection came after paying a $185 (N141,458.40) visa application fee.

See his thread below: compiled some of the reactions below:

@NorbAwino said:

"I found the US embassy to be a very scary place. It's a place that can shatter someone soul completely. I am sorry for your friend. I hope he doesn't lose hope and gets to visit you one day."

@bolajiayo said:

"This is what most Africans face in the hands of the American consulate. When genuine people try to get visa to visit US, most times they get rejected after not more than two questions and you will see someone with everything fake granted same visa."

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@rosenthal_jon said:

"I'm so sorry for him. The system is absolutely rigged against Africans."

@charltonnnana said:

"My brother got an admission in a UK University. Paid tuition. The school wrote to UK Consulate in Nigeria. They denied my brother visa. Told him they were “confused and still processing his application”. The school has resumed. Admission missed."

@Deola_AB said:

"It’s a scam to accept visa fee without issuance, there should be standard law for appeal/refund."

@SonofChuks said:

"This is the embarrassing ordeal Nigerians and Africans go through daily at the embassy."

Lucky lady gets 10-year US visa

Meanwhile, earlier reported that a lady's American visa application was approved in two days without having to present documents.

The lady (@thatgirlcalledlois) was surprised that the application only took two days, and she was given a 10-year visa without hassle.

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