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About Diaspora Day

Diaspora Day, Nigeria Diaspora Day Diaspora Day The theme for 2015 National Diaspora Conference is “Diaspora and Nigeria Change Agenda”. This year’s theme has been carefully chosen to draw a roadmap for Nigerians in diaspora, in line with the current administration’s change agenda. According to the latest figures, there are 3.25 million Nigerians living in America today, counting all generations of our people from 1st arrivals to 4th generation Nigerians. Of this number, there are over 115,000 Nigerian medical professionals, 174,000 IT professionals, 87,000 Pharmacists, 49,500 engineers and over 250,000 legal , financial , real estate and related business professionals. Nigerians in the Americas today are more than the population of many African countries, with recent Washington Post article showing that per capital household income of Nigerians in the United States, and the median education level of Nigerians are both equal or slightly below the figure for Asian Americans. It is therefore in celebration of these human resources, and gains of over 50 years of sojourning in the Diaspora that in 2005, the Federal Government declared that July 25th of every year be celebrated as THE NIGERIA DIASPORA DAY. Over the past seven years (2005 – 2011), Government has supported the Diaspora Day with huge resources, assisting over 500 Nigerians each year to return home and dialog on ways and means of repatriating expertise Nigerian brains and skills scattered all over the world. The Diaspora Day is: A. A week-long celebration of the Diaspora contribution to national development, around July 25th each year, focusing on professional services to several Nigerian peoples and communities; B. With such engagement, the Diasporas are finally turning our brain-drain into Brain Gain. C. The D-Day project will then become a vehicle for bringing no less than 2,000 Nigerians permanently home from The Diaspora each year; D. All professionals living abroad, including ICT, Medicine, Law, Engineering, Pharmacy, business, Art and Culture and others shall be a part of this home-coming event, with professional organizations encouraged to participate as a group. What is needed from Government is an enabling environment, and willingness by all Nigerians to assist in creating this gateway for Diaspora participation in national development. At the end, the Bangalore magic, the Irish wonders, and the American dreams will be repeated here in Nigeria through our brain gain; and generations yet unborn will remember us as having built an everlasting bridge of hope for this nation.
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