The Top 10 Fears of African Diaspora About Africa

Nafissatou-DialloThey wash dishes in restaurants, clean toilets and look after elderly incontinent people in the West. That makes the majority of the 30 million who have emigrated from Africa. Some are much luckier, they work in subaltern management positions in corporate America or in public institution in Europe. Few are real stars, successful with high pay and social status.

Regardless of their current fate, they all share one thing in common: most of them want to return to Africa.

The recent medias’ drumbeat about “Africa is Rising” is making them restless and hopeful because most of them have quite a petty life in the West. They are constantly harassed by the state police, crushed by daily racism from their neighbors and strangers, economically and politically isolated, and with very little hope for a near-future improvement.

Unfortunately their dream to return home is painfully held back by deep fears and unanswered questions.

Here are the top 10 fears of the African diaspora about Africa, and also the top 10 questions most of them are confronted with. (You can see full questions list at

Top 10 Fears

1. I know few people who have returned but failed, and had to come back to Europe.

2. I’m not successful here. I don’t have money. I’ll be ashamed to return just with my suitcase.

3. I don’t know how I’ll face all the social pressure and people asking me money.

4. I want to start a business back home, but everything is political in Africa. If you don’t have connections, your business could be crushed and closed at any time by officials.

5. How to explain my decision to my parents, my family, my friends? I’m afraid of their reaction.

6. How can I be sure that my professional experience will translate into something useful when I return to Africa? The work conditions are not good there.

7. I’m afraid of political instability. Every election is a matter of life and death with widespread of violence and fear.

8. There is no health insurance in Africa like I have here. The health system in my country has completely collapsed, what will I do if me or my family would get sick? How to find a good health insurance company?

9. I don’t have local connections anymore. My friends are now here. I’ll feel alone and isolated there. How to rebuild my social network locally before moving back?

10. I don’t have a place where to live. I don’t want to return to my parents house. Where will I live and host my family when I don’t have that much money?

Top 10 Questions

1. Is there any local association or group of Returned Africans that I can join or get support from?

2. How to deal will the feeling of failure of returning back without lot of money?

3. What to do if I don’t have any money to return with?

4. Is there any organization or support group that help people who want to return to Africa?

5. How to find a job when you are not yet in Africa?

6. I want to start a business back home. Where can I find accurate and non-biased information?

7. How to find a house or an apartment to rent? What risks to avoid?

8. Which Banks or Financial organizations give loans to people in the diaspora to buy or build their house?

9. I’m married to a European, how can I convince him/her to move back to Africa with me?

10. How to find the best hospitals/Good Doctors for my family, and the best school and kindergarten for our kids?

A recent study showed that 70% of African graduates in the diaspora are willing to return to build Africa.

Africa needs qualified human resources to develop. “Africa as a whole spends an estimated $4 billion every year in Western expat salaries for positions that could be filled by the African professionals who leave the continent” reports, and “It is estimated there will be a 75% increase in the use of expatriate staff over the next three years, and the strategic use of these resources will be a critical success factor to help establish and grow business across Africa.” –

“If you believe in Africa and know the potential of our continent, you will agree with me that you have more opportunities in Africa than anywhere else. If you don’t believe me, go to your nearest African international airport and count the number of people from overseas arriving to do business.

My heart actually breaks when I read or hear about Africa’s youth trying to cross the Mediterranean Sea to get to the rich West to wash dishes in restaurants, clean toilets and look after elderly incontinent people. Were these fine daughters and sons of Africa to have a second thought, they would put themselves into better use and in their own motherland.” said my friend Ian Mvula

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About Mawuna KOUTONIN

Mawuna Koutonin is a world peace activist who relentlessly works to empower people to express their full potential and pursue their dreams, regardless of their background. He is the Editior of, Founder of, and Social activist for Africa Renaissance. Koutonin’s ultimate dream is to open a world-class human potential development school in Africa in 2017. If you are interested in learning more about this venture or Koutonin’s other projects, you can reach him directly by emailing at

15 Responses to “The Top 10 Fears of African Diaspora About Africa”

  1. Ibrahim Oumarr Jalloh

    “My heart actually breaks when I read or hear about Africa’s youth trying to cross the Mediterranean Sea to get to the rich West to wash dishes in restaurants, clean toilets and look after elderly incontinent people. Were these fine daughters and sons of Africa to have a second thought, they would put themselves into better use and in their own motherland.”

    Mawuna Remarque KOUTONIN, I do not agree with your friend in this. The youths of Africa have all justification under the sun to move to the West and do those odd jobs you/he highlighted if they cannot find better jobs here.

    This is all about pride but if these youths are willing to swallow their pride, work some money in the West that they can not dream of working in Africa (even sometimes with those so-called white coloured jobs), why not?

    Do you know how much contributions these guys are making to African economies through the remittances they send back home? So many families are living a better life back home simple because they have just one hard working child in the West doing those jobs you are referring to. And those parents without any child there are living miserable lives.

    What is better for Africa? Youths staying back home not having anything to do, engaging in all sort of crimes? Or move out in search of their Personal Legends?

    Migration has been since the world began and so will it ever be.

      • Rafiki Wako

        Here we see another assimilationist perpetuate the disempowering, counter intutive and counter productive perspective the system has indoctrinated may of us with.

        Know that if the African has to depend on the european that imposes poverty upon him to get out of poverty, he will never get out of poverty. The oppressors cannot afford to empower those that they oppress. The system that was founded on the enslavement and oppression of the African and is sustained by his continued exploitation as well as resource theft.

        You have to understand that there is no way Africans as a whole can succeed in the long run in a system that is designed, and operates though the commision of crimes and injustices upon the African.

        “If this is a criminogenic society…AND IT IS…then we recognize that as African people that our major problem is not being left out of the American mainstream. We must recognize that we cannot join a CRIMINAL SYSTEM because we’d become criminals in it.

        In moving into that system and becoming assimilated in it, we must become allies with its criminality. And if that system then is dependent on the death and damnation of black people, upon the imperial subordination of black people, then those of us who move up in this system must also then engage in the death and damnation of black people as well.


        – Dr. Amos Wilson

        We need to understand that the poverty the west has imposed on us was done for a reason. So that the west could use our poverty to continue to abuse and manipulate us, our perceptions and our abilities. To create “Skinnerian Boxes”.:

        “Because another people have profound economic and social control over us, they’re able to create in us certain personality orientations.

        We can see SKINNER BOXES all over this world as far as Africans are concerned – not only in the ghettos across the United States but in African nations across the world because we let other people have control over vital resources in our lives.

        Therefore, they manipulate these resources so as to manipulate our attitudes, to manipulate our levels of functioning, to manipulate our relationships one to the other and to exploit, use and abuse us as a people.

        – Dr Amos Wilson

        Therefore it appears obvious that the only way we can truly emancipate ourselves as a people is by attaining self reliance and independence in the 9 major areas of human activity, no matter how hard ithas been made to appear to be. That is the only way we can break this cycle of abuse, by breaking this chain of dependency on our historical enemy.

        A good example of a people who have done this is China, which divorced from the world for decades, until they achieved self reliance and now are a global power, despite their lack of resources. Africa has abundant resources. The time has come for us to claim ownership of those resources, and of our fate.

  2. Beza

    I would like to know about your project. I am an Africa who was in the Western side for 17 years. Move back home. But, it has not been easy at all. I would like to start a business that in power Women and the youth. Can you help me? Thank you in advance.

  3. Joeadamxx

    Good Day Mr. Koutonin,
    I stumbled on your piece while looking for business ideas in Africa to invest in. As an African who lived in the west for seven years, I did most of the demeaning jobs you highlighted in your write up after awhile, I decided I will rather be a servant in my father’s courtyard than a servant to a stranger and took a lower paying job in my country and a demotion that set me back 10 years in my professional career.
    Fortunately for me, there is a success story here as I have built myself and my career working in the oil and gas industry in my country.
    However, due to the perennial insecurity in my country, I am now considering migrating at least my immediate family to a western country which in a way is a conundrum as I will be spending the money I made in Africa to sustain my family in this foreign land.
    What I am trying to say here is that on one hand you are right that opportunity abounds in Africa for those willing to take the risks, but challenges also always abound to want to force us out!

    • Rafiki Wako

      The “insecurity in your country” is a result of destabilisation programs instituted by the same european countries you are looking to migrate to, and by migrating there you will find yourself financing, and supporting the same said programs.

      Also we should not try to paint life in the diaspora as comfortable, or without its own disdavantages and struggles. African life has no value in the diaspora. As the article stated, most of us are relagated to menial jobs and third class citizenship. We are willingly subjecting ourselves to the same kind of subservience our ancestors had to be captured, chained and enslaved to do.

      “The African American nation is a mono-culture nation.

      What is the commodity we sell?

      Labor. We’re not selling much manufacturing, we’re not selling much of other products.The major commodity that we have to sell, was a commodity that we were brought over here in the first place, and what was that?


      Only now we are selling our labor in a buyer’s market. Meaning that the people who buy our labor, are buying it at the prices they set.

      And they keep devaluing the price, that their willing to pay for our labor. On top of devaluing the price, their no longer even demanding the labor.

      So after awhile we want be able to sell our labor at any price. And we will then be totally deprived as a people. And therefore, we’re caught in a compromizing position, because there’s social disorganization in the African nations.

      You cannot be a consumer and have your wealth flowing out of your nation, you cannot enrich other people at the expense of yourself and not have social disorganization.

      And that means then, if we look at ourselves as a Nation, the African must capture our own internal resources, we must gain control of our own internal markets, we must trade within ourselves as a people and a group, and generate wealth within our own nations. Asa means of counter-balancing our dependents upon europeans, and upon the white nation itself, we must buy from our people, work with our people and build for our people.

      Dr Amos Wilson. (paraphrased)

  4. mcnaz

    @ibrahim – i do agree with your opinion & i wish @koutonin would realize that the problem lies within our African leaders that have failed to put selfish motives aside and bring in initiatives that would attract the already large numbers of unemployed youth to stay otherwise with the current status those demeaning jobs are greener pastures to us given to what is availed to offer which is nothing!

    @Koutonin -its a great cause/dream your on but will be a goose chase if no solutions are cited.

    For our brothers & sisters out or still going out its my dream that they shouldn’t write off there individual motherlands but instead stay connected with their origins/relatives and if they can change a life at home then its 1way to cut short the trend /better yet them to bring home the education/knowledge acquired.

  5. mamajad

    If I may add my two cents. There are many Africans who will not hire their own but think and believe that if they hired white expats, people would think their business is good and will gain more money, prestige, respect, trust etc etc. So the youth in Africa do not have a choice but to gamble with their lives to reach the west. It’s an unfortunate situation that needs to be addressed sooner rather than later. Africa is having a crisis of not only brain-drain but of an empty continent in the near future if the rate of our youth dying to reach the west keeps going at this pace.

    • Rafiki Wako

      Mawuna has already written an article debunking this propaganda. Most Africans migrate within Africa. It is the europeans, the Chinese, the Indians and the arabs that migrate the most, and many to Africa.

      You may say that Africans do not want to hire their own kind, but know that the we hire each other more than the european will ever hire us therefore it is not realistic to present him as the better option just because of the propaganda that he perpetrates of the west as a land of equal opportunity, especially for Africans when studies have proven that is not the case:

  6. Epic'odyssey SyfoxWelch

    My goal is to one day return to Africa. Thank you for sharing this article. My ancestors were brought over to the Caribbean as slaves. Do you think that if we can get a blog or additional information concerning the process of returning to Africa ? I believe now is the right time for Africans in diaspora to return to Africa. If we don't every other race will go to Africa and build.

  7. Mawuna R. Koutonin

    I have tried to start a platform to help in that direction but have not found friendly hands to help maintain it and grow it for your common good.

    If you wish to join working on this, it'd be GREAT


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