In November it will be 2 years since I “moved back” to live and work in African countries. I left the US, went to Nigeria to continue searching for a full time job, and it was hard...
I have done what the society expects of me (except pursue a preferred career path (doctor, lawyer, engineer, banker)) yet stayed at home 4 months that seemed like an eternity. Four months when I sent many cover letters, waited for HR departments to read my applications, looked up profiles on LinkedIn daily, scheduled networking meetings, swallowed my pride to ask my parents, aunts, uncles, friends, former classmates and professors for help. I accepted a job in a different field than what I studied for a few months, another temporary job for the summer and eventually the placement in Senegal. But I turned down a conditional offer I wanted but could not fulfill after a long recruitment process..
I’m sharing this to discourage followers in the diaspora who want to come work in Africa from developing a romanticized view of my lifestyle: a lot happened - and still happens - behind the photos. Sometimes it pays to do what I did, and at times it’s best to take a job in Europe or North America that allows you to work and travel in Africa once in a while.
Photo by the talented @a.d.e.o.l.u when we checked out the beach outside Shiro and Hard Rock Cafe.
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