Susan Walker (via osibisaba)
Exactly my thoughts on Ghana and coming back after graduating. And, to me, how every emigrant - ever - should be thinking.
I saw this feature on Al Jazeera’s YouTube channel on African migrants in Europe. And its sad to see how much they’re hustling when they’d be better off coming home. But they can’t. Their pride won’t let them. So they’ll rather send false stories home (taking pictures in front of people’s cars and houses) and get more people hustling for visas.
In the video there were also success stories of people who had toiled so hard to make it. At that point I’m behind the screen thinking of how it’s like building a farm on sandy or clayey soil when loam is readily accessible. This summer, I’ve met and spoken with a lot of people who have made it big time, here in Accra and they all tell you that Abrokyie isn’t what it used to be. And that the life they’re living here (of course by dint of hard work), they cannot imagine their colleagues out there equalling.
If we’d work as hard here as we do out there in the streets, gutters and nursing homes we’re bound to succeed. The days when we’d call upon the diaspora to come back and help out are long gone. Now, the return is for your own good. If you don’t the Chinese, Lebanese, Indians and whatnots will and you can’t blame them.
All I have to say is: advise yourself.