Sep 09

Africans in the US to be wooed home

Homecoming Revolution, the brain gain company for Africa, is hosting its inaugural USA event on 25 September.

Taking place at the Thomson Reuters building in Times Square, Speed Meet New York will introduce Africans living in the USA to top employers back home,  provide inspirational content and practical tools on returning including property and relocation advice, as well as connect African movers and shakers living in the US in an interactive and dynamic setting.

Comments Angel Jones CEO of Homecoming Revolution, “Thousands of skilled Africans living in the USA want to return home. Hundreds of businesses in Africa have vacancies and opportunities. By bridging the gap, Homecoming Revolution can play a major role in the Africa rising success story.”

“An estimated 300,000 key African professionals live and work outside the continent, a significant portion of which are living in the USA. We are excited to perpetuate the brain gain message in America in the hopes of repatriating Africa’s skills,” continues Jones.

Attendees will be inspired by exciting keynotes, given practical tools and advice on returning as well as be shown inspirational case studies.

Speakers include South African rocket scientist Siyabulela Xuza (Founder & CEO of GEV Energy), Liz Ngonzi (Afrika Tikkun USA), Amadou Daffe (Coders4Afrika), Thebe Ikalafeng (Brand Leadership), Kyari Bukar (CSCS Plc), Mudunwazi Baloyi (Brand South Africa), Shaori Ajodha (Deloitte) and Sneha Shah (Thomson Reuters Africa).

Kyari Bukar, a Nigerian homecomer and powerhouse in the financial sector, will share his fascinating homecoming experience from directing teams for over 20 years at Hewlett Packard, Silicon Valley to leading a financial renaissance at the centre of Africa’s largest economy.

“My main reason for moving back to Nigeria was altruistic. It was nothing to do with what I could get, but what I could do,” says Bukar.

Top brands attending include Thomson Reuters, Deloitte, CSCS PLC, Brand South Africa and Pam Golding Properties.

Comments Sneha Shah, Thomson Reuters Managing Director Africa, “Africa is now at the cusp of the brain gain and the diaspora are seeing the opportunity to come home and have a real impact on the future of the continent. We see this as a huge opportunity to accelerate our own business and are proud to partner with Homecoming Revolution to bring Africa talent home.”

Brand South Africa’s Acting Chief Marketing Officer Sithembile Ntombela echoes these sentiments, saying “Homecoming Revolution’s Speed Meet New York event will help bring like-minded South Africans and organisations together so that those who want to play their part and contribute to our country & continent’s growth and development are enabled to do so.”

Shaori Ajodha Talent Acquisition Recruitment Leader at Deloitte, agrees saying, “Through the engagement with Homecoming Revolution, we’ll be able to entice candidates who not only want to interchange but also would like to encompass our culture in their lifestyle.”

Dr Andrew Golding, Chief Executive of Pam Golding Properties says it’s time for Africa’s skills to return.

“It’s very exciting to be playing such an important role in the social and economic prosperity of this beautiful continent.”

Homecoming Revolution has partnered with a number of universities and diaspora groups on Speed Meet New York including Africa 2.0, African Leadership Network, Cornell University, NYU Stern, Columbia University, Move Back To Nigeria, Ndosi Strategies, Wharton and Young African MBA’s.

The Homecoming Revolution team will be dressed by unique African fashion brand KISUA. The brainchild of Ghanaian homecomer Samuel Mensah, the brand dresses global celebrities including Beyoncé Knowles.