I travelled to West Africa in 2014. Now I would like to visit European countries (UK and Belgium) to attend conferences. Are passport stamps from African countries a problem while applying for those visas?
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Generally any travel experience at all (except maybe to North Korea, known terrorist training hot spots, or areas suffering outbreak of communicable diseases like Ebola) is viewed more favorably than no travel experience at all.
That said the kind of travel experience that garners significant favor with visa officers is travel to countries that are more affluent and advanced than yours. Thus for an Indian, traveling to West Africa will give you very little benefit in the eyes of a Western European (American, Asian, Australian) visa officer.
Unfortunately the truth is Africa travel experience typically does not enhance credibility with visa officers anywhere.
Are passport stamps from African countries a problem while applying for those visas?
Why should they be? There are many Africans who even get visas to visit the countries you mention.
You don't have any bad impact for Schengen Countries having an African visa on your passport. Absolutely NOT