African business, politics and lifestyle
Back to Africa?
Earlier this month, players in a Sierra Leonean football team were hailed as heroes when they returned from Sweden – because they all came home.
In the past, they might have been more likely to scarper and seek asylum while they had the chance.
It was a quirky tale, but one that leads to a serious question: are people starting to see more opportunities in Africa?
It’s a subject Reuters correspondents have been exploring from around the continent: Nick Tattersall wrote about ambitious Nigerians heading home, Hussein Ali Nur and Guled Mohamed told the story of the university founded by returnees to Somaliland. In London, Luke Baker met Zimbabweans keen to return if there is an end to the economic catastrophe that now marks it out as an exception in the region rather than the norm.
Undoubtedly there are huge numbers of people still trying to flee Africa for better lives elsewhere – just witness the overcrowded boats struggling to Europe.
But there is optimism in some quarters too. It was interesting to see “Buy into Africa” as the headline in the Investors Chronicle this week.
As growth slows in Western countries and African economies enjoy their fastest growth in years, might the balance of those leaving Africa and those returning home be starting to shift?