By Sabella Abidde (Associate Professor of Political Science, Alabama State University, USA)
An accomplished Nigeria and accomplished Nigeria and author and teacher once told me: “Most of the professors and successful African immigrants you see in this country are sad and depressed, most are angry, and are not respected by their non-Black peers.”
If you are a South African, your lot in life may be a lot better. The same goes for those from Botswana, Malawi, Zambia, and a few other countries. In the West African sub-region, Ghana is the newest darling, home to quarter of a million or so Nigerians. If you are a Nigerian then you know you are violated. Twice over!
To be an African immigrant in the West or anywhere else is not easy. Within the international political and economic system, Africa is an afterthought; socially and culturally, Africa is also an afterthought. And even at the individual level, most non-blacks do not think much of the African. Sometimes one gets the feeling that non-blacks think of Africans as incapable of complex task; a people incapable of governing themselves without generous assistance from the Western world.
However, whether planned or not, several years of exile have a way of making one a stranger in one’s village or community. How well and for how long you’ve planned the transition may determine your place and comfort in your new environment. Planned or not, smooth or not, you will, every now and then, get your bearings wrong, your traction will be shaky, your worldview out of sync, some of your mannerisms alien, and your thought pattern crisscrossed. This is the price you must pay for being in exile.
His frustration is about Africa especially Nigeria government which he refers to as utterly incompetence and wayward, a government that takes pleasure in exploiting and brutalizing it's citizens.
Nigeria have become a nation where no one will like to come and invest, due to unbalanced economy.