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December 20, 2012 / samwilson60

Take two, Nigeria

The Nigerians seemed surprised we and others had turned up on the appointed bank holiday and didn’t seem to know what was expected of them now. Francis, the office dogsbody and only viable point of contact, was not a happy bunny. That said, he did manage to keep us waiting reasonably patiently and return rapidly by recent standards, brandishing our passports and demanding payment. At this point, we knew the worst was over, although he and our passports did then disappear again. Finally, Francis was back for the last time and gave us our passports with the necessary stamps – or nearly. They seemed to say we had one month from today, instead of the one month from January that we’d requested and discussed at length with the ambassador or his aide during our interview. Francis and everyone else who waded in assured us that as long as we entered within a month of today, we’d be fine. Unconvinced but out of options, we left the embassy, Ouagadougou and Burkina, grateful at least that we didn’t have a bright red “Refused!” in our passports.

 

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