Black History Culture : Emeagwali Speaks on Afrika's Brain Drain

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  1. OldSoul

    OldSoul Permanent Black Man PREMIUM MEMBER

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    Thank you for the pleasant introduction as well as for inviting me to share my thoughts on turning "brain drain" into "brain gain."
    For 10 million African-born emigrants, the word "home" is synonymous with the United States, Britain or other country outside of Africa.
    Personally, I have lived continuously in the United States for the past 30 years. My last visit to Africa was 17 years ago.
    On the day I left Nigeria, I felt sad because I was leaving my family behind. I believed I would return eight years later, probably marry an Igbo girl, and then spend the rest of my life in Nigeria.
    But 25 years ago, I fell in love with an American girl, married her three years later, and became eligible to sponsor a Green Card visa for my 35 closest relatives, including my parents and all my siblings, nieces and nephews.
    The story of how I brought 35 people to the United States exemplifies how 10 million skilled people have emigrated out of Africa during the past 30 years.
    We came to the United States on student visas and then changed our status to become permanent residents and then naturalized citizens. Our new citizenship status helped us sponsor relatives, and also inspired our friends to immigrate here.
    Ten million Africans now constitute an invisible nation that resides outside Africa. Although invisible, it is a nation as populous as Angola, Malawi, Zambia or Zimbabwe. If it were to be a nation with distinct borders, it would have an income roughly equivalent to Africa's gross domestic product.
    Although the African Union does not recognize the African Diaspora as a nation, the International Monetary Fund (IMF) acknowledges its economic importance. The IMF estimates the African Diaspora now constitutes the biggest group of foreign investors in Africa.
    Take for example Western Union. It estimates that it is not atypical for an immigrant to wire $300 per month to relatives in Africa. If you assume that most Africans living outside Africa send money each month and you do the math, you will agree with the IMF that the African Diaspora is indeed the largest foreign investor in Africa.
    What few realize is that Africans who immigrate to the United States contribute 40 times more wealth to the American than to the African economy. According to the United Nations, an African professional working in the United States contributes about $150,000 per year to the U.S. economy.
    Again, if you do the math, you will realize that the African professional remitting $300 per month to Africa is contributing 40 times more to the United States economy than to the African one.



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  2. Isaiah

    Isaiah Well-Known Member MEMBER

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    Good stuff, OldSoul... I never actually thought of Africans from the continent as African Diasporans, but indeed they are... And this brain drain explains quite a lot of Africa's ills, since many of the best and brightest Africans were stonlen and uprooted from the Continent through the centuries, and the voluntary exodus of Africans continues, what will be left when all is said and done???? Will this Brain drain exodus lead to the abandonment of Africa to the European???

    Peace!
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  3. Therious

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    GOOD Q ISAIH,
    THATS A CHILLING THOUGT.WILL THE POPULATION IN AFRIKA DWINDLE THAT FAR CONCERNING BLKS THAT THEY'LL BECOME A MINORITY IN THEIR/OUR OWN HOME? WHT DOES THAT MEAN 4 EUROPE & AMERIKKA, WOULD THESE EMIGRANTS MAKE US THE MAJORITY?
     
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