PULSE CARES: How overseas job opportunities caused the brain drain in tech and medical spaces in Nigeria

For many Nigerians, especially those educated on the shores of the country, traveling abroad for work is a life-changing privilege in which they invest all their accumulated savings and assets.

Explain why technology and medical professionals believe it is better to be abroad than to work in Nigeria, Damilola Oloyedea travel agent said many Nigerians were desperate to leave the country.

Almost daily, dozens of people contact me with questions about their plans to leave Nigeria. This is because they all believe that there are opportunities abroad that can change their whole lives.

In all aspects of life, people just want to live well, and living abroad gives them that leverage. Most tech people in particular, and those in the medical line, have desperate commitments to leave Nigeria. And really, you can’t blame them because they won’t be beholden there like they would here, and their jobs would be secure.,” she says.

As most Nigerian tech and medical space professionals tried to leave the country, this writer approached a few of them to understand the driving forces behind their engagement.

One of them, Itunuoluwa Adebamijokoa nurse, said she never planned to serve in Africa’s most populous country, even though she started her university studies there.

In his words, “I have always been angry at the way nurses are sidelined among health workers in Nigeria. Nursing is supposed to be among the best professions, but in Nigeria nursing is far behind and cannot even compete with other countries and how much it is valued there. I never wanted to be a nurse in Nigeria; I was never happy with it, I wanted to be a doctor. But eventually, I found myself in the business and fell in love with it. It was a determination for me to do my best to get out of the country to a place I value more.

Like Adebamijoko, Ismail Olalekan, a co-founder of Jhaki Technology, revealed that his plan to leave the country and start afresh was triggered by unfavorable government policies that kill business dreams.

“I had run two startups that were both killed as a result of unfavorable government policies. So I just had to leave the country to look for a better enabling environment and explore how things are done beyond the land of Africa. he said.

According to Olalekan, moving from Nigeria is not as difficult as people think, especially considering that the necessary funding is available.

He, however, claimed to have gained support from industry colleagues and friends who have moved overseas.

Sharing how the journey started for her, Adebamijoko revealed that the process started when she finished nursing school.

“There were financial constraints, but I started saving from the first job I got. I first made sure I had an international passport. I proceeded to open the Nursing and Midwife Council (NMC) application and went through all the necessary processes. Although I had written the IELTS (International English Language Testing System) several times, I was determined. Finding a job seemed like the hardest part of the whole process, but after thousands of applications, I finally got to where I am. They proceeded with my COS for sponsorship and I applied for a visa. Now I am here.” says Adebamijoko.

For a Nigerian nurse based in the UK, Okongwu Ifechukwuthe desire to provide her children with a better life and experience motivated her to move abroad.

Ifechukwu said his journey from the West African country was no different from that of Adebamijoko.

According to a US-based programmer, who does not want to be mentioned in this report, without passion and determination, the dream of most Nigerians cannot come true.

In the same way, Olubukola Akinpeluwho is also based in the United States and works as a nurse coach, said it was wrong for anyone to venture into the profession with the primary aim of earning money, adding that coming to developed countries would expose a person to various life-changing opportunities.

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