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Being a change-maker is just so much more plausible in an emerging country – Nicole Amarteifio.

There are so many things that I could do here as a black man that I can't do in the United States. As soon as I returned to Ghana, I realized my value, and I realized that jobs would not necessarily pay me my value; however, I took the jobs anyways and used each job as a showcase for the next (big one). So, my reputation started to precede me and employers noticed – Emmanuel Gamor.

Unless you go sifting for the information, you are less likely to realize that Africans (Nigerians, Ghanaians, Kenyans, Ugandans, South Africans, etc.) are returning to their countries of birth or the countries where their parents were born in large numbers from the Western World. A current BBC article titled, ‘Why the young and talented are returning to Ghana’ by Yepoka Yeebo mirrors a significant increase in the number of Ghanaians returning home from the UK and the US. Similarly, CNN and several other news outlets have issued parallel reports in recent times showing that a considerable number of foreign-trained Nigerians, South Africans, Kenyans and Ugandans are drifting back to the big continent (Africa). This is an unusual trend depicting a reverse flow in human migration from Africa to the West, which intensified in the 1980s through the 1990s and early to mid-2000s. The increasing lack of opportunities in the West, and in some cases, the burning desire to reconnect with one’s extended family and roots are some of the reasons fueling this trend. Most returnees echo the words of Nicole Amarteifio and Emmanuel Gamor above…They are more likely to achieve meaningful career growth and contributions to society at home than feel they would abroad.

Returning home especially after many years abroad does not guarantee a seamless transition to life in Africa. However, despite the challenges that returnees are beset with, more people continue to make the journey back home. While the African economy as a whole still falls way short of where it ought to be, there are slight indications that there may be some light at the end of the tunnel. Some African countries like Nigeria, Ghana and Kenya have managed to create a decent-sized middle class over the last decade. Before now, you were either very rich or terribly poor in these countries. Young talented returning Africans are slowly filling the gap in-between. Also, with the explosion of information technology in Africa, which has led to the emergence of telecommunications giants such as MTN, Globacom, Airtel, Etisalat, Vodafone Africa, Visafone and Multilinks accounts for a decent chunk of new jobs on the continent. Further, the cable TV industry, food processing and retail have achieved significant growths, thereby adding a decent number of jobs to the economy. In fact, according to, despite massive drops in the price of oil over the last year or two, which has hurt many oil-producing countries, and instabilities in the country, the Nigerian economy has consistently posted a 6 percent increase in growth rate.

This is a testament to contributions of the non-oil sector to the Nigerian economy. With the growth in the non-oil sector comes a higher demand for skills in the areas of finance, information technology, biotechnology, communication, human resources, and marketing, among many others. Currently, Nigeria is one of the top foreign direct investments (FDI) destinations in sub-Saharan Africa, attracting over $US20 billion in foreign investment in the three years leading to 2013; so there is massive room for growth. The question then is, how are you preparing yourself for the emerging industries in Nigeria? The emerging jobs require cutting-edge skills and whether we like it or not, people returning from abroad (with degrees from Imperial College London, University College London, Harvard, Yale, Universities of Toronto, Westminster, British Columbia; Oxford and Cambridge etc.) are deemed to have an edge (skill wise) over their Nigerian-trained counterparts. Everyone cannot acquire foreign education, so one has to make the most of where they are by equipping themselves skill-wise in preparation for an ever increasingly competitive job market.

On the other hand, what if you could acquire foreign education from the UK, USA, Canada, Australia or Germany, amongst other Western countries for free? Most people in Africa are not aware of the numerous scholarships they could qualify for, especially those from Common Wealth countries. Some agencies in Lagos charge thousands if not hundreds of thousands of Naira for such information. Starting tomorrow, we will be dishing out free information to readers of MOOFYME.COM’S FOOD FOR THOUGHT segment on numerous scholarships that you could win to study abroad, FOR FREE (tuition and living expenses fully covered, including your flight abroad and back to Nigeria/Ghana/Kenya/Uganda/Tanzania or wherever you are from on the African continent). This will be brought to you on Saturday and Sunday evenings over the next week until we exhaust our wealth of information. We will offer you specific and detailed information on undergraduate and mostly postgraduate (master’s and PhD) scholarship opportunities.

If you have the desire to acquire foreign education, then you can’t miss any of these sessions, over the next few weekends. If you have friends who are interest in studying abroad, this is the place they should be every weekend, starting tomorrow!!!

We look forward to enjoying the weekends with you.

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