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 […]

“Think hard about why you want to return”

Ike Eze returned to Nigeria in 2014 after 22 years abroad. Ike was born in Nigeria into a diplomatic family and spent his nomadic childhood building his very first companies – selling popcorn to his friends at movie nights in Zimbabwe, and cold drinks to his neighbours in Nigeria. This childhood prepared him for a […]

“Our hearts are singing, we are home”

  Homecomer Jennifer McQuillan recounts her homecomer journey since returning four months ago.  We arrived in Johannesburg in September, and the last four months have been wonderful and frustrating and hectic and on the whole, oh so very GOOD. South Africa is one rather special place… we are getting used to being greeted by strangers […]

“I haven’t been happier since returning”

In 2016, Nigerian Olatorera Oniru left a corporate career spanning years of experience at the Fortune 500 companies Bank of America (Merrill Lynch) and General Electric, as well as Ericsson, the Central Bank of Nigeria and MTN to head home. “And I haven’t been happier,” she comments. Oniru completed her tertiary education in the US […]

Moving back to Nigeria in 13 easy steps

Wendelyn Okemini returned to Nigeria after spending several years studying at boarding school and universities in England and America. Despite living in Nigeria for the last three years, she still oscillates between still feeling like a ‘repatriate,’ a tourist and a local. She has listed some tips that will hopefully help the newly repatriated feel more like […]

Welcome home to the turmoil & hope

Justin Foxton writes a letter to his sister who is about to return to South Africa after living in Britain for the past 4 years.  Dear M, I hope you are well and surviving that UK weather. I wish you could send some rain to the Western Cape. The drought down there is horrific. What […]

‘I have learnt to prize flexibility’

Anne Jason, the executive sourcing leader for Sub-Saharan Africa in GE Global Operations, spent 13 years living and working away from home before returning to Kenya. She worked in consulting in the United States and South Africa, with experience in Europe and Asia. Despite her global career, Anne began to feel the call of home. […]

‘Africa is the place to make it happen’

Biola Alabi is the CEO and founder of Biola Alabi Media, a consulting, production, film and television company based in Lagos. She returned to Nigeria from the US in 2008. Alabi was born in Chicago, Illinois and lived there until she was 8 years old. She later moved to Nigeria with her family and didn’t return […]

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