Ethiopia, Nigeria, Kenya and South Africa are the top 4 countries in the world suffering from a massive brain drain according to this article https://www.onlineuniversities.com/blog/2011/07/10-countries-facing-the-biggest-brain-drain/
This trend is unlikely to take a nosedive as more Africans say they plan to move to another country within five years, according to a Pew Research Center survey conducted in 2018.
Apparently in Nigeria alone, nearly half (45%) of adults say they plan to move to another country in the next 5 years. Ouch.
That would be a heavy loss for Nigeria.
But, would it?
Here’s the way I see it.
I think it’s great that Africans can travel around the world and learn from the very best. I sometimes feel like that’s the journey I’m on.
It’s splendid that Africans are contributing to the innovation and economic development of other countries.
But. I also stand by the conviction that only African excellence can TRULY solve Africa’s problems.
So, I think it’d be a win-win for African governments if we strategically place companies in key “hotspots” to attract African talents and solve for Africa.
Let me put it this way. Is it a brain drain if Africans in the diaspora are solving for Africa and sending billions (USD) back home?
I think not!
One of the driving forces behind Zazuu is to solve one of Africa’s biggest problems using African excellence.
I’d love to hear your thoughts. Do you think Africa is suffering from brain drain? Or do you see an opportunity?