As more and more of my friends and family are moving back home (Guinea), I can’t help but think, is this the way to go?
In the past, I have always thought that I would live here in the United States until I reached my retirement age and then I would go back to West Africa and enjoy the rest of my life. But now, so much has changed! The economy is not the same in the U.S., life is not as stable as it used to be and I am now at the point where I have to think about my family (bringing up my future kids and caring for my parents). Each time I go back to Guinea, I think to myself that this is it, this is the life: family, less stress, warm weather…add to that a good paying job and you could have a quality of life there that you would never be able to attain here with the same resources.
My best friend just sent me a very interesting article that discusses this even further (Read Here). More and more people who came to “The West” to study and seek a better life, are now returning to Africa to “make it”. It’s funny how in the past, everyone wanted to come to the U.S. or go to Europe for better opportunities but today, they are quickly realizing that with their diplomas and the expertise they have gained, they could make a much better life for themselves back in Africa. There are certain demands now in Africa and there is a need for experts in different fields. I only see this demand growing as more and more people move back. I think it’s a great thing because, as other countries start looking to invest in Africa (like China in Guinea), we will need more and more people who have experience to run things hopefully in an honest manner. Of course, I am sure there will start to be some competition as more and more young professionals decide to move back but the very prospect of advancing in one’s career faster will still be there.
Now, don’t get me wrong, I still have my reservations about moving back to West Africa, what with there still being a lot of corruption, lack of infrastructure and all… however I am definitely now more than ever, more open to the possibility of moving back sooner than I thought. Even if that means in the next 10 years 😉