While there are many advantages to Africans leaving the continent or their respective countries to go to Europe or America for work, for many, their real dreams were to go to Europe so they could return home to Africa. Many want to open up business in their homelands, build homes and invest. Africans in the 21st century are not simply looking to go to western lands and remain there, we are looking to come home and be builders of our own destiny.
High hopes in Europe, real opportunities back home
Opportunities created for diaspora in Africa
Africans migrating to Europe always come with high hopes of making what they call “lots of money” and are rudely awaken by challenges -some unmanageable- that they quickly find themselves either struggling to keep up or fighting opportunist illnesses coming as a result of this unmeasurable stress. Or worse: they fall into depression.
My wife warned me against traveling with a big suitcase
Saying goodbye to the family
I had enough time to organize and prepare for my trip. I knew what was involved and the immediate consequences like missing my family and friends from the start. The trip arrangements involved so many things including looking for money to travel with, buying some stuff, bidding farewell to my people and packing suitcases among others. In all the preparations I was such a joyful person and I was so eager to go to Europe to fulfill my dream of becoming a rich man in society.
Over 25% of the inhabitants of Beguedo work in Italy and still support their hometown. Is the community becoming to dependent?
Fifteen years ago Beguedo only consisted out of straw huts. Nowadays the village has changed since so many people left for Europe. Also the son of Bara went to Italy to earn money to send back home. Because of this he is now able to sleep in a bigger house.
I was a freelance photojournalist in my country and enjoying an average standard of living. I could survive and also support my family with the basic necessities of life on the small salary I was earning. I can say I was content with what I had and life was okay until I saw the richness and the luxurious life of my friends who had migrated to Europe. I admired them and their richness so much to the extent that I started regarding myself as one of the disadvantaged people in society.
When I was a student my life was pretty much arranged for me: I had accommodation, friends and was learning a lot of interesting things. But once my Masters was over, I got to know the difficult part of Europe. This is Part II: my life in Europe after studying.