Hamissi Mamba Was Ready to Become a Father. He Needed a Visa To Meet His Children

Hamissi Mamba tries to obtain a visa to join his wife and newborn twins in the United States and after two years arrives to start a new life with his family.

WDET presents Season 3 of the Twisted Storytellers Podcast. The podcast features a diverse cast of Detroit area storytellers who perform live to sold-out audiences. This season explores the real-life challenges faced by immigrants and reminds us all what it means to live in a modern day melting pot.

Hamissi Mamba was born and raised in the small African country of Burundi. He was still living there when he found out his wife, who was already in the U.S., was pregnant.

“My dream was to welcome my two girls in the world, but unfortunately I couldn’t,” he says. “I got denied a visa.”

After multiple attempts, Mamba finally obtained a visa in 2015. But that was the just the start to his journey. 

“Being a dad for the first time with twins, that was a critical moment,” he says. “We tried and learned a lot.”

In Episode 7 of Season 3 of WDET’s “Twisted Storytellers,” Hamissi Mamba tells the story about obtaining a visa to join his family across an ocean. 

Click on the player above to hear Hamissi Mamba’s story of gaining a visa to become a father.

Season 3 of “Twisted Storytellers” is now available on Apple Podcasts, Google Play, Spotify and wherever podcasts are available.