A Nigerian lady, Teni Tayo has taken to social media to narrate how she and three other Nigerians were deported by authorities in Cape Verde because of their nationality.
In a series of tweet on Friday, Teni said upon arrival to Cape Verde, she and some other nationals were pulled aside while other white travellers were allowed to go through.
When the Nigerian lady approached authorities at the airport, she was told they were not “allowed to visit because of COVID-19”.
Teni asked further why the white people and her American friend were allowed to go othrough. The Cape Verde authorities said they decided who could stay and who could go.
“So I got deported today. Mostly because I am black but also because I am Nigerian. I got on a flight to Praia, #CapeVerde from Dakar, Senegal but have now been sent back to Dakar.
So I got deported today. Mostly because I am black but also because I am Nigerian.
— Teni T. 😷 (@aloinett) April 2, 2021
“Everything was fine until we got to the airport in Praia. Then some of us were pulled aside because we were there to visit. This group included an Italian couple, my Sudanese-American friend, a Spanish couple, a Kenyan, an Ivorian, a Jordanian, a Guinean and four Nigerians.
“All of the white people were allowed to go through as well as my black friend with an American passport. Then some woman came and snatched the passports from the rest of us without any explanation. Another guy came and told us that they were sending us back.”
“Why? That we were not allowed to visit because of COVID. Then we asked why the white people and my American friend were let through. They said they decided who could stay and who could go. So everyone with a Western passport went through. In West Africa.”
“I guess the first sign that something was off was when my AirBnB host asked my nationality then told me to come with some evidence of funds if I was traveling with a Nigerian passport. Funny thing is the only thing they looked at were our passports. Didn’t ask for anything else.
I've been having a lot of conversations with friends that have been unsuccessfully trying to convince me to "get a second passport". So this was a stark reminder about the reality of being a Nigerian in the world and in Africa. Good bye #CapeVerde. Shame on you. pic.twitter.com/4U9lIdsvPM
— Teni T. 😷 (@aloinett) April 2, 2021
“The only non-black person that was deported with us, a Jordanian, thinks he was lumped with us because he has Nigerian visas in his passport. Before we left this morning, my American friend was joking about her passport privilege. Who knew we were about to learn how true it was.
“We’re learning from Dakar Airport officials that this has been a regular occurrence with
@FlyAirSenegal and Cape Verde. They sell tickets everyday and return people everyday. The officials complained that Cape Verde is particularly problematic.
“Also, dealing with Senegalese officials was so much better than the rudeness of the ones we met in Cape Verde. Made us feel like human beings and tried their best to help. They were empathetic and sped up the process of returning our passports. New appreciation for #Teranga.
“Way forward – (1) @FlyAirSenegal must provide sufficient warning about the “regulations” in Praia. (2) Cape Verdian authorities should not be allowed to apply rules selectively based on race and passports. They were not shy about it and it’s not okay.
Pelumi Obisesan, another Nigerian, corroborated Teni’s claims, saying three Nigerians were sent back, in all.
Despite lack of pre-information, it seemed fair until it became really disturbing. Of the over 20 persons in the holiday category, only blacks & a Jordanian (who suspects his plight was due to the 3 Nigerian visas in his passport), were eventually denied entry.
— Pelumi Obisesan (@ipelumiobisesan) April 2, 2021