Why this Ivy League graduate returned to Ghana

A former London investment banker on a Ghanaian pineapple farm seems like a fish out of water. But for Jerry Parkes, leaving his finance career was part of a plan to return home and expand agriculture in Africa. Parkes co-founded Injaro, a private equity fund that invests in agricultural businesses in West Africa such as […]

Does your heart beat to an African drum?

The below post was written by South African returnee Roxanne Grey who returned home after 10 years in the United Kingdom. If you have ever been on vacation to Africa or if this is where you once lived you will know what I mean… Africa creeps into our hearts and once in, will never leave. […]

“The move home has given me a career”

Yagazie Emezi is a highly acclaimed self-taught documentary photographer from Aba, Nigeria who left when she was 16 to live in the USA. She returned to Nigeria in April 2014 after a number of years abroad. She began her journey in 2015 and has since been commissioned by Al-Jazeera, New York Times, Vogue, Newsweek, Inc. […]

‘I felt I could contribute more to society’

Born to a Sierra Leonean/Ghanaian father and American mother, Cordie sold all of her belongings, cashed out on her retirement fund and showed up at Accra’s Kotoka International airport with 4 pieces of luggage ready to begin a new life in 2011. Though raised in the United States, her father planted a love for Africa within […]

‘It wasn’t all rosy upon my return’

On her 14th year in the States, in 2010 Christabel Dadzie resolved for New Year’s that it would be her final US chapter. By mid-year she was packed up and headed West back home to Ghana. She had left her home country to go to school and had a Master’s degree in International Affairs from […]

‘SA is where my soul feels most alive’

Sunita Mcdonald and her family recently spent three weeks in South Africa and since their return to the United Kingdom, have never been more tempted to move back. She tells us why family, weather and a sense of belonging are such key factors in their decision on whether or not to return. Now I know […]

“The returning diaspora is vital to Nigeria”

Ope Adeyemi, a Solutions Architect at Softcom Nigeria, returned home after an almost 2-year stay in the United Kingdom where he studied for a Master’s Degree in Control & Systems Engineering. 1.Q: Can you share the main motivation behind your decision to move back? A: The returning diaspora is vital to Nigeria’s reconstruction and development […]

Returning Home: The good, the bad & the ugly

Andrew and Mikaela Donkersloot-Daniel and their family made the decision to return to South Africa. Andrew speaks about the highs and lows associated with their return – warts and all. Its been two months since Mikaela and I jumped on that plane from Heathrow with our beautiful girls to Cape Town and what a rollercoaster […]

‘The energy in Lagos is off the charts’

For Stephanie Busari, moving back to Nigeria from London was a big bold bet predicated upon her passion for telling authentic African stories, and her role as CNN’s Supervising Producer for Africa. What led you to return home? The journey has been a very interesting one that has evolved considerably. I am entering my 10th […]

Kampala welcomed me with open arms

Stacey Mwesezi is a Ugandan repatriate who relocated to Kampala in 2015. She speaks about the ups and downs of her move and how it feels to be a repat in Uganda. Born and raised in London, I’d never imagined living anywhere else —until I graduated from University and joined the working world! The rising […]

Homecomer’s mission to make SA’s story more accessible

South African homecomer Michael Charlton’s highly acclaimed My Father’s Coat is a one-man show written with the intention of bringing South Africa’s history to life. The show condenses South Africa’s epic narrative into a bite-size story which is both compelling and accurate. My Father’s Coat has drawn amazing emotion from South Africans and non-South Africans […]

5 things I have learnt as a diaspora returnee

Homecomer Oluwakemi Loriade shares 5 things she learnt since returning to Africa in 2016. It’s been over a year since I “moved back” to Africa.I kept telling friends and family that I wanted to leave Washington DC. It felt like the right time to return to the continent I left at 15 to attend boarding school […]

We moved home for our kids

After completing Matric, Jacqueline de Rozario-Knezevich, sold her first car and bought a one-year return ticket to England. The plan was to work hard, save money and come home to buy her first house cash. Little did she know it was going to be a 14-year staycation. It all changed when I met my British […]

“It’s been a rollercoaster!”

Kim van Wyk and her family have been back in South Africa for just over a year.  She looks back on her first year back home. We are so happy! Now that’s not to say it has been easy. I was 20 weeks pregnant when we arrived, and we had not planned our little miracle […]

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