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Nigerian Youths And The ‘Japa’ Syndrome, By Fredrick Nwabufo – The Maravi Post

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Migration is a constant; it is a wheel that keeps roving. Yes, it is in the nature of man to be peripatetic. People will always move from one place to another for job opportunities, education, health, security and for whatever corporeal or incorporeal desideratum. This is basic. 

The first of wave of ‘’japa’’ (Nigerian slang for emigration) in Nigeria was in the ‘70s/’80s. Faced with an uncertain future owing to military interregnums and a volatile economy, the Nigerian young journeyed to the West — the US and UK — while some left on a limb to Ukraine. Over the years more Nigerians have departed the country in pursuit of their dreams abroad. Some of these Diaspora Nigerians have distinguished themselves in different human enterprises. And they constitute a financial bulwark for the country, reportedly remitting about $25 billion annually.  

Emigration may even be beneficial to the home country in the long run if citizens return fortified with skills, experience and hard currency to invest and drive development. But to attract these human assets, the home country must be conducive and the government must be deliberate and visionary about its plans and policies for Nigerians in the Diaspora. 



Nigerians have not been the only ones ‘’japaing’’, the Chinese have been leaving their country in stupendous numbers since the ‘80s. In fact, prior to the 1980s when liberal emigration policies were enacted, China had witnessed an exodus of its citizens in the 19th century. These emigrants left the country owing to poverty, corruption, war and general societal malaise. The government had to enforce laws to curb mass emigrations. But in the 1980s, it relaxed these laws in line with its vaunted but convoluted ‘’laisser-faire’’ approach to governance. Since the ‘80s more Chinese have left their country. 

In a 2014 article, ‘The Great Chinese Exodus’, The Wall Street Journal reported the why and wherefores of the Chinese emigration. It said: ‘’Today, China’s borders are wide open. Almost anybody who wants a passport can get one. And Chinese nationals are leaving in vast waves: Last year, more than 100 million outbound travellers crossed the frontiers. Most are tourists who come home. But rapidly growing numbers are college students and the wealthy, and many of them stay away for good. A survey by the Shanghai research firm Hurun Report shows that 64% of China’s rich—defined as those with assets of more than $1.6 million—are either emigrating or planning to.’’

If citizens of a global power and first-class country like China could be exiting in legions, should it be concerning that young citizens of Nigeria are taking precipitous flights out of the country? Well, it should unnerve us. It means we have not created a congenial environment to keep the live-wire of the country, and it implies that we may be doing something wrong. 

About 8,737 doctors who obtained their degrees in Nigeria are currently practising in the UK. According to the UK General Medical Council, 862 Nigerian doctors were licensed to practise in the country in 2020; while between June 2021 and September 2021, 353 doctors were registered to practise in the UK. 

This should trouble us all – in a country where the ratio of doctor per patient is 1:5,000 against the World Health Organisation’s recommendation of 1:600. Nigerians who earned their degrees in Nigeria are being harvested by foreign countries. A few months ago, Saudi Arabia was conducting a screening exercise for Nigerian doctors it wanted to magic away in Lagos and Abuja. And we keep losing invaluable human resources. 

While a mass of Nigerians (doctors, tech experts, academics, students) leaving the country constitutes a significant drain to the national talent pool, the other horde of citizens exiting are those frustrated by the afflictions of the system but largely unskilled. We should not in any way deride those seeking economic refuge abroad, but it is uncharitable to reduce Nigeria to a desert of opportunities — where personal growth and accomplishments are completely arid – as some are opining. 

The fecundity of a place most times depends on how willing we are to tend it. I strongly believe we can plant our seed anywhere, water and tend it, and watch it grow. Nigeria is not arid of opportunities. 

Those making a spectacle of their emigration from Nigeria on social media as if the country is some infernal and desolate place only fit for miserable creatures, will realise soon enough that their identity as individuals abroad is intrinsically linked to Nigeria. Our first contact with the world outside our native sphere is as Nigerians; and we will always be seen, evaluated or judged as Nigerians. 

Ridiculing Nigeria to make a point is self-immolation. We are all eternally connected to Nigeria, and whatever image we project of our country, we make of ourselves. 

We can make treasures out of the exodus of Nigerian citizens by following the China example. China’s Diaspora contributed immensely in the rise of China as a global power – through capital investment, technology transfer, and innovation. It has even been argued that the Chinese Diaspora appropriated Western technology and transferred it back home. The Chinese government considers its citizens in Diaspora as an extension of China and as agents to drive its domestic interest. The government intervenes directly in the lives of its citizens abroad, even influencing projects in areas populated by Chinese. 

It is not all lost. The Nigerian government can make lemonade out of these lemons – only if it wills it. 
 

By Fredrick Nwabufo,’Mr OneNigeria’
Twitter/Instagram/Facebook: @FredrickNwabufo

 

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Barrister Babu, Latest Episode 13th October 2021 Written Update, Anirudhs’s Brother Battuk Entry

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The latest episode of Barrister Babu is creating a huge buzz among the fans and the show has been creating a huge fan following for the last few days since Anirudh came out from jail. In the latest episode of Barrister Babu, we will get to see many interesting things. As we have seen in the last episode that how Bondita saves her husband and she was honored by the community for her bravery and courage.

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Anirudh also appreciated her for her bravery but Trilochan gets worried after thinking that everyone is greeting her not Anirudh. Trilochan said to Bihari Babu that everyone is appreciating Bondita and Anirudh is feeling troubled.

Along with this, we have also seen that how Bondita saves Anirudh’s life after trapping Chandrachur. Later, Bondita and Anirudh come to the house and do greh parwesh. When they both come to their home, Trilochan stops them and says that he is giving Anirudh a stick and now, tying both of them in a ghatbandhan. Later, Sampoorna welcomes Anirdudh and Bondita into the house.

They both come in the house and Tupur feels upset. Bondita says to her that whatever happened with her, there is no mistake of her. Tupur says No, you can forgive me but I can’t do myself. Thakuma says that Tupur, You don’t need to apologize because this is not your fault, it was a fault of my education.

Thakuma says that the education is given to Bondita by Anirudh, maybe, I should have given it to you. Sumati asks Anirudh and Bondita to live forever like this. Sumati says to Bondita that don’t forget to send her letters. Bondita asks her where she is going? Sumati says that Thkuma and I decided that when Anirudh will come back home, they both will go to Tirath. Thakuma says that until we come back, the responsibility of Tapur and Tupur is Anirudh.

Later, some people come to Anirudh’s house to honor Bondita but Trilochan thinks that Anirudh is feeling bad. Anirudh greets Bondita and says well done Barrister Bondita. She says that Anirudh is only responsible for her education. Suddenly, the phone rings, and the entry of a new character in the serial shows.

A brother of Anirudh’s Batuk is going to enter the house. Anirudh picks up the phone and says that why are you continuously calling. Battuk says that he wants to see his scary face and Roychowdhury’s family is on the target of him. Anirudh says that if he will come in front of him, let’s see, Anirudh will not burn, he will hug him in front of everyone.

Anirudh gets to know that he is none other than Batuk, who is living in Italy. Bondita sees Anirudh talking on phone and she snatch the telephone from Anirudh and asks Batuk that when he is coming back to meet her? Battuk gets angry after hearing the voice of Bondita. The Episode Ends.



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Drew Bernstein Cause of Death Drew Bernstein Passed Away Death – Obituary, Age, Net Worth

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Today, a dead body has been found on a remote path close to Laurel Canyon Park. Let us also tell you that the dead body has been identified as the originator of the troublemaker Goth clothing organization. The name of the person was Drew Bernstein who was 51 years old at the age and belongs from Los Angeles.

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The police have been investigating the case and searching to find the main reason behind his death. Along with it, Lt. Fred Corral of the Los Angeles County coroner’s office has been also said that he died from a self-caused shot injury.

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Let us also tell you that Bernstein also called Lippy because he established Lip Service in 1985. Later, he coordinates its design toward Gothic troublemaker, rock, and interest world. The news of his sudden death has been announced by Lip Service through Facebook page and then many people give their tribute to the personality.

His family members and close friends are actually very upset to hear about this tragic loss. Now, all the people who know him are mourning his demise because no one can expect that he left everyone so soon.

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Talking about the post shared by Lip Service then the organization wrote “Yesterday we lost our originator and closest companion, Drew (also known as Lippy). He was a decent man who propelled everybody around him and there are insufficient words to communicate how profoundly he was cherished and will be remembered fondly”.

Not only this, but several friends of Drew also shared their heartfelt messages and tribute to him because of his outstanding work to create the company very big in front of the entire world.

Today, uncounted people know about the company but very few people know about Drew who established it with his full spirit and dedication. Let us tell you that Fireman found Bernstein’s body around 8:45 AM on Monday close to the 8300 square of Mulholland Drive.

After that, Los Angeles Police Department Sgt. Dave Cueto confirmed the news on Monday evening stated that the individual died from self-destruction with a self-caused shot injury. Many people paying tribute to him and the police have been investigating the case to find the actual cause behind Drew Bernstein’s sudden death.



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ICJ rules in favour of Somalia in Kenya border dispute – The Maravi Post

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The World Court also known as the International Court of Justice (ICJ) has ruled largely in favour of Somalia in its dispute with Kenya, setting a sea boundary in part of the Indian Ocean.

The new boundary drawn by the International Court of Justice mostly followed a line proposed by Somalia, attributing to it several offshore oil blocks claimed by Kenya.

The court found that Kenya which did secure some territory beyond the Somalia proposal, had failed to prove there was an established sea boundary between the states, which would have given it a greater portion of the disputed territory.

Kenya previously accused the International Court of Justice of bias and said it will not accept the ruling. The case concerned a 38,000 sq mile (100,000 sq km) triangle in the Indian Ocean that is thought to be rich in oil and gas. The dispute has been at the heart of a diplomatic row between the two east African neighbours.

The revised maritime border along the exclusive economic zones for the continental shelves of Somalia and Kenya “achieves an equitable solution”, Judge Joan Donoghue said.

The ruling comes after Nairobi last week said it had revoked recognition of the court’s jurisdiction. No one for Kenya was officially present either in court or via video link.

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