Most Africans leave their continent in quest of higher and better education abroad with the intention to move back home
after studies. However, most, if not all, end up settling down abroad instead of moving back to where they came from.
This story highlights why they would rather stay in self-imposed exile than go back home. Then it exposes the challenges Africans
face adjusting to foreign cultures and trying to raise their children born abroad with parental expectations that are influenced
by African principles.
Living permanently abroad; living in both worlds of a foreign country and Africa; or moving back to their respective
land, are some of the tough decisions that Africans abroad would have to make. How can they give up on their roots? How can they
afford to maintain living in multiple parts of the world? How can Africans cope with the conditions in their country of origin
which has kept them away for a long time? Is their lineage being erased from their own land? This story may not have all the answers but
it sheds some light to daily issues that confront several African immigrants.
Chijindu Kelechi Eke, MS, MBA
Writer/ Director/ Actor/ Producer