Chapter 16: Back to the motherland: careers of Nigeria's returning diasporas
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A large number of Nigerians in the diaspora have returned to the country over the last two decades or so to explore career and investment opportunities, as the “Africa rising” narrative persisted. Beyond economics, many returnees are driven by their heritage and cultural connections, and a strong sense of belonging to their motherland. While the literature on returning diasporas has focused on their roles in facilitating development and change, in this chapter we will focus squarely on the returning diasporas themselves. We present the story of a young Nigerian diaspora returnee, exploring the complexities of her career journey, and how individual, organizational and institutional factors shaped her career choices.