Brain drain – emigration of African professionals to the west is an obstacle to the continent’s development.
It’s estimated that 20,000 doctors, University lectures, engineers and other professionals leaves the continent annually since 1990.
Currently there are over 400,000 highly qualified Africans in the diaspora, 50,000 of whom have PhDs.
Africa spends US$4 billion a year to employ 100,000 western experts to perform functions generically described as technically assistance.
Over the past 10-15 years, about 60% of Ethiopians who went abroad for training did not return after completing their studies.
65% of Nigerians in the USA aged 25 and older have at least a bachelor’s degree.
In the past 10 years 2,000 trained Zimbabweans social workers left for the United Kingdom.
75% of recently World Cup champion France nation football team have roots from Africa.
The pride of Africa in term of her natural resources such as wildlife can easily be noted in western zoos.
African governments have a great responsibility to ensure that brains remain in the continent, otherwise in 30 years Africa will be empty of brains.
Source: UN Economic Commission for Africa).