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has anyone managed to quickly get a journalist visa to nigeria?  i tried about 2 months ago in nairobi it was very slow, nothing ever came of it before i left….anyway if anyone has experience with them please let me know, many thanks.

by [a former member] at 2005-08-10 11:49:58 UTC (ed. Mar 12 2008 ) rome , Italy | Bookmark | | Report spam→

Jake 
Try in London if you can! 
Most West African countries are well represented here…..I will check it out for you if your interested.  

You can even get a Liberian Visa in a day!

Mark

by [former member] | 10 Aug 2005 14:08 | London, United Kingdom | | Report spam→
thanks, i found one one rome i’m running out now and will try them….good to know about liberia….thanks
jake


by [former member] | 11 Aug 2005 00:08 | rome, Italy | | Report spam→
hey Jake - I’m actually trying in ny and have waited a month now. Let me know if it works in Rome… FYI, a friend tried in London and was not able b/c he was an American.

by [former member] | 11 Aug 2005 14:08 | New York, United States | | Report spam→
hi all, from what i’m hearing they’re pretty much not letting journos in (unless you got a lot of daddys oil money behind you….anybody wonder why they don’t want us around?)  i did a couple hours worth of calling yesterday and while 90 percent of the numbers aren’t working a couple are.  the tele/fax number for journos which rings (most don’t) but nobody answers is 234 (0) 9 523 0363.  additionally you can try the wonderful people at forign affairs at 234 (0) 9 523 0482 where people where answering.  also: 234 (0)9 523 0490.  goooooood luck…..and nope, rome didn’t work.  there where 3 clerks behind glass partitions for about 150 applicants who where sitting in a drab stuffy room (there was an airconditioner that nobody had bothered to turn on) that smelld of hospital disinfectant and sweat…..after trying to figure thigns out i managed to get behind the partition and talk to a clerk who couldn’t help me.  same drabness behind the glass, but the clerks had no problem in turning the air conditiong on for themselves.  there where 3 clocks, none of which where functioning and had all stopped at different times.  three was also something called the inganmu declaration which hung near the clerks.  the declaration condemmened drunkness, laziness, corruption, tribalism and inefficiency.  it later went on to address how people’s lives should be lived for the benifit of the state and those who did not abide by the morals set out in the declaration be alerted to the propper authorities.  lovely facist reading if you’re looking to cuddle up and read though some arcane penal laws.

by [former member] | 12 Aug 2005 03:08 | rome, Italy | | Report spam→
Hi Jake & Samantha

Why don’t you apply for a tourist visa? Not sure what internal policy is for Nigeria but most West African states are as bent
as a banana. 
Depending on where your going/what your doing you should be able to flash a few bucks.

I hardly ever apply for Journalist visa’s because i cannot take all the questions under pressure so i go as a nitwit tourist.

I can still check the situation in London for either type of visa if you want.

Mark

by [former member] | 12 Aug 2005 03:08 (ed. Aug 12 2005) | London, United Kingdom | | Report spam→
hi, thanks for the offer, i was going go the tourist route,  but in the specific case of nigeria i was told not to by some friends at the wfp.  they told me that nigeria was pretty stict with whoever gets caught.  i heard this echoed by a few others so thought in this case it was better to go the offical route.  perhaps that’s overly cautious, but in this case thought it made sense.


by [former member] | 12 Aug 2005 04:08 | rome, Italy | | Report spam→
Hi Jake

That sounds about right….I would trust the advise given by WFP! Good luck with the visa & shooting in Nigeria.

Mark

by [former member] | 12 Aug 2005 05:08 | London, United Kingdom | | Report spam→
an australian cameraman was arrested recently and held w/out notifying the australian embassy for a couple days. then kicked out of the country.

by [former member] | 12 Aug 2005 08:08 | New York, United States | | Report spam→
Sounds like a rotten place…all the more reason to go there i suppose.

Mark

by [former member] | 12 Aug 2005 08:08 | London, United Kingdom | | Report spam→

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