Reasons Why African Diaspora Is Returning to Africa in 2016

Reasons Why African Diaspora Is Returning to Africa in 2016




In a year that Donald Trump — the darling of the Ku Klux Klan and other White supremacy movements —became the president-elect of the United States, it is perhaps pointless to ask or wonder why members of the African Diaspora are moving back to Africa. But even in the years before Trump’s unlikely takeover of the White House, a substantial number of Africans abroad voluntarily decided to make the journey back to their motherland. As we wrap up what has no doubt been an extraordinary year.

Another day, another Black life lost in the United States to American police brutality. The killings are both systemic and indicative of culpable government institutions, with not a single officer convicted for the fatal shooting of African Americans in 2015.

The numbers killed are substantial: in October 2016, estimates put the number of innocent Black civilian lives lost to American police brutality at 194.

In July, Face2Face Africa Contributor Deidre Gantt wrote a heartfelt op-ed about the number of African-American lives lost to senseless police shootings even as the voice of the Black Lives Matter Movement grew louder in its demand for justice.

Consequently, Gantt wonders if it is time for the African-American community to call time on their “sojourn” to America and return “home” to Africa.

In her article, Gantt speaks candidly about the challenge of being Black in America and being American in Africa.

orget everything Hollywood and international news corporations told you about Africa, with the continent’s pointless wars, starving children, and corrupt leaders. While all of this may be true, it is only some of the truth. In fact, award-winning author Chimamanda Adichie would describe that one-dimensional perspective as a “single story” narrative.

For a look in to more of a comprehensive lens on the African story, check out this countdown of some of the most amazing cities in modern Africa.

The young African student or jobseeker finally getting an American/British visa seems like a dream come true, but after five or 10 years, he finally decides to return home.

Why?

There are a couple of reasons why an increasing number of the African diaspora are choosing to return home: For some, it never felt comfortable living in a foreign land, others used the time away for education or access to work and skills, and others more believe that this is an opportune time to cash in on the latest advances in technology, arts, and lifestyle in their home country.

BY MARK BABATUNDE
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