The latest developments in America and Britain are creating an interesting debate about a possible shift in the destination of Africa’s human capital. Africa has been losing its skilled personnel to these economies at an alarming rate. According to the International Organization for Migration (IOM), Africa has already lost one third of its human capital with an estimated 20,000 doctors, university lecturers, engineers and other professionals leaving the continent annually since 1990. There are currently over 300,000 highly qualified Africans in the Diaspora, 30,000 of which have PhDs.
With the Trump Presidency in USA and Brexit in Europe now in full force, and what they seem to represent, there is renewed optimism that Africa’s human capital could remain on the continent.
Such optimism has ever been present in Angel Jones, founder of Homecoming Revolution, a pan-African recruitment firm for global African professionals. This revolution was inspired by Nelson Mandela when he said in London, Trafalgar Square in the late 1990’s “I love you so much, I want to put you in my pocket and take you home” Angel tells Signature Africa that Madiba’s speech, right there and there, inspired her and her associates to start this movement which she refers to as Africa’s Brain Gain Company.