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Higher education in Africa and the critical question of brain drain: the case of Nigerian Americans

Afolayan, Michael O.

Abstract:
Looking at the problem of brain drain in Africa, Afolayan provides a graphic image of its quandary all across the vast continent. At first, based on his personal experience working with a group of African graduate students in an American university, he perceived a critical condition of wastage of manpower since most of these African students would remain in America for the most part instead of returning to Africa where they are mostly needed.  He later focuses on a segment of Nigerian professionals who were drawn to the United States through the diversity visa lottery.  His conclusion is that with many graduates of Nigerian higher education living overseas and not using their skills in their country that needs them so much, the country is bound to lose ground in its bid for fiscal and intellectual development.       

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Chapter Title: Higher education in Africa and the critical question of brain drain: the case of Nigerian Americans
Book Title: Higher education in postcolonial Africa: paradigms of development, decline and dilemmas
Edited by: Michael O. Afolayan
City: Asmara, Eritrea
Publisher: Africa World Press, Inc.
No. of Pages: 327-341


Date:2007
Document Type:Chapter in Book (Peer Reviewed)
Subject Area:National Systems and Comparative Studies
Country:Nigeria
Keywords:Brain Drain, Higher Education, Developing countries, Nigeria, United States


File Size:114 KB
Rights:Permission to reproduce this chapter was granted by the editor.
Date Added:31 July 2008


Afolayan, Michael O. (2007). Higher education in Africa and the critical question of brain drain: the case of Nigerian Americans, In Michael Afolayan (ed) Higher education in postcolonial Africa: paradigms of development, decline and dilemmas Asmara, Eritrea: Africa World Press Inc.,327-341