The University of Southern California has been forced to cancel its scheduled March 16, 2017 African Global Economic and Development Summit because all the Africans invited to the event were denied visas.
Chairperson of the Summit, Mary Flowers, told the Voice of America that about 100 guests, including speakers and government officials from Ethiopia, Ghana, Guinea, Nigeria, Sierra Leone and South Africa, were all refused visas.
Flowers said the visa denial was unprecedented as “usually we get 40 per cent that get rejected but others come. This year it was 100 per cent. Every delegation. And it was sad to see, because these people were so disheartened.”
She added: “I have to say that most of us feel it’s discrimination against African nations. We experience it over and over and over. And the people being rejected are legitimate business people with ties to the continent.”
For long now Africans have been facing visa denials to the United States.