Here are the best countries to live and work in Africa, For the African Diaspora returning to Africa
Updated: Dec 10, 2019
"As Afrikans of the Diaspora, we truly believe it is time for us to reclaim our birthright connection to our homeland and reconnect with our long lost brothers and sisters and make Afrika great again.", says Dr. Obadele on his website dedicated to assisting African Diaspora to repatriate.
Having vowed to quit the US after being the victim of what he believed was a racially motivated arrest by police officers, African American Dr. Obadele Kambon relocated to Ghana in 2008 - and has never looked back.
Dr. Obadele Kambon told BBC that the turning point in his life came in 2007 when he was arrested and put on trial in Chicago - where he lived - after being accused by police officers of having a loaded firearm under his car seat.
Dr. Kambon recalls that he was shocked by the charges and as he sat in the court, he vowed: "Never again will I allow myself to be in a jurisdiction where corrupt white police officers and a judge will take me away from my family, wife, and kids just on a whim."
People moving to Africa shouldn’t be afraid to leave the corporate mindset behind. Just know that entrepreneurship is a way of life in Africa, you’ve got to grab it by the horns, create decent jobs and provide greater opportunities for young men and women here.
Potential opportunities for investment are abounding particularly in Infrastructure, Agriculture, Energy, Tourism, Information and Communication Technology.
Other attractive sectors include Real estate and construction, financial services and mining.
How to start?
Do your research, we are fortunate to have Internet access and Google. Also, reach out to people who have already moved to Africa. Visit and explore Africa before deciding to move.
Have a positive outlook, but keep your expectations in check.
Have fun. Try and enjoy it. Meet and mingle with people.
KiAfriqa has put together below a list of countries where we think people moving to Africa should start their journey to explore opportunities.
However, no matter where you move to Africa, you’ll be surrounded by a sea of creative ideas and entrepreneurial opportunities.
Move to Tanzania:
Tanzania is a country that epitomizes the wild beauty and charismatic allure of Africa.
Bias and prejudice are hard to find, with diverse ethnic groups and religious traditions living harmoniously side by side.
By and large, the local population is kind and generous in spirit with an undercurrent of respect and politeness.
It's not by surprise that Tanzania has been spared the internal strife, civil wars, military coups that have blighted many African states.
Zanzibar, a port city of Tanzania, is a cosmopolitan hotspot which dominates East African culture. Its long history with Arab rulers, Indian workers, Portuguese traders, and European colonizers have created a unique blend of traditions, cuisine, music, dance forms, and arts.
Dar es Salaam, the business city of Tanzania boasts Africa’s first ‘gold standard’ bus rapid transit system that offers a different model of public transport for Africa’s megacities.
The Gross Domestic Product (GDP) in Tanzania was worth 57.44 billion US dollars in 2018.
The GDP per capita in PPP (purchasing power parity) was 2809.07 USD.
Any person who is not a citizen of Tanzania whether by birth or by descent may apply for Tanzania citizenship by naturalization after ten (10) years of residence in the United Republic of Tanzania and he/she intends if naturalized to continue to reside permanently in the United Republic.
Move to Namibia:
For those who enjoy a real connection with nature and are looking for an opportunity to reach out and touch Mother Earth, there is no better place than Namibia. While a visit to the country should be on every nature-lovers bucket list, taking a year or two to thoroughly explore its breathtaking beauty is highly recommended.
Clean, well-established cities brush shoulders with desert wonders and wild coastal shorelines, making Namibia a truly all-encompassing country to live in.
Namibia has enjoyed stability since gaining independence in 1990 after a long struggle against rule by South Africa.
The Gross Domestic Product (GDP) in Namibia was worth 14.52 billion US dollars in 2018.
The GDP per capita in PPP (purchasing power parity) was 9897.63 USD.
Any person can apply for Namibian citizenship through naturalization after five (5) years of legal residence.
Move to Rwanda:
People moving to Rwanda will find a population that is generally friendly and welcoming.
The majority of learned people in Rwanda, especially in the capital, can speak both French and English. This is a place where over two decades ago, the war was the order of the day but in 2019 it is a country punching above its weight, and doing so with little resources but with the heart and soul of might.
Rwanda is one of the fast-growing developing countries, full of opportunities. It is among the top countries in Africa being visited by investors frequently.
Rwanda ranks 29th globally and ranks second in Africa in the ease of doing business.
The Gross Domestic Product (GDP) in Rwanda was worth 9.51 billion US dollars in 2018.
The GDP per capita in PPP (purchasing power parity) was 2003.13 USD.
To obtain Rwandan citizenship through naturalization an individual must at least have resided in Rwanda for five (5) years with good conduct.
Move to Botswana:
With a population of just over 2 million people, Botswana is one of the most sparsely populated countries in the world.
People moving to Botswana will find a politically stable and peaceful country that has been largely spared the political turmoil and conflicts that some of its African neighbors have experienced over the past few decades.
Botswana’s economy is stable, it has seen steady growth in recent years and has one of the fastest growth rates for per capita income in the world, emerging as a middle-income country.
Botswana is rich in natural resources, its mining and construction industries have attracted lots of foreign investors, also seduced by an incentive tax system.
The Gross Domestic Product (GDP) in Botswana was worth 18.62 billion US dollars in 2018.
The GDP per capita in PPP (purchasing power parity) was 16518.24 USD.
To obtain Botswana citizenship through naturalization the applicant must have resided in Botswana for a period of ten (10) years or more.
Move to Zambia:
People moving to Zambia with the right attitude are in for a real treat. Zambia is a beautiful country with varied wildlife and abundant natural wonders.
It's sparsely populated, with most of the country’s population living in Lusaka, the capital city. All of Zambia's roughly 70 tribes are represented and get along well both with each other and foreigners.
The Gross Domestic Product (GDP) in Zambia was worth 26.72 billion US dollars in 2018.
The GDP per capita in PPP (purchasing power parity) was 3747.97 USD.
For those who wish to become Zambian citizens, they must have resided in Zambia for a period of not less than ten ( 10 ) years.
Move to Senegal:
Located in Western Africa, Senegal is known as the country of Teranga; literally meaning ‘hospitality’ in the Wolof language but often described as a blend of hospitality, respect, community, and solidarity.
I would recommend Senegal for the first trip to Africa if the person speaks French.
Expatriates settling here to live and work will have to master French to enjoy the experience to the fullest. They will discover a multiethnic nation with a modern culture shaped by traditional heritage.
The Senegalese capital is famous for its several prestigious museums and art centres like the Cécile Fakhoury Gallery and is home to thriving local creative scenes that are worthy of international attention. The capital Dakar is the only African city to make it in the top 5 most creative cities in the world.
The Gross Domestic Product (GDP) in Senegal was worth 24.13 billion US dollars in 2018.
The GDP per capita in PPP (purchasing power parity) was 3356.30 USD.
Senegalese citizenship may be acquired when one has resided in the country for at least ten (10) years but exceptions are made for one serving in the Senegalese public institutions, or who have rendered important service to Senegal.
Move to Kenya:
This is a country that captures you when you arrive and never really leaves you. Kenya is a country with a huge learning curve, that embrace cultural differences.
Kenyans are a very gentle, kind, helpful race of people and you will soon find yourself calling everyone brother or sister.
Kenya is the largest and most advanced economy in East and Central Africa. Its GDP accounts for more than 50 percent of the region’s total in terms of current market prices.
Kenya’s strong growth prospects are supported by an emerging middle class and an increasing appetite for high-value goods and services.
The Gross Domestic Product (GDP) in Kenya was worth 87.91 billion US dollars in 2018.
The GDP per capita in PPP (purchasing power parity) was 3076.84 USD.
To apply to become a citizen of Kenya one must have been ordinarily resident in Kenya for a period of seven (7) years preceding the date of application.
Move to South Africa:
South Africa has long been the shining beacon of development in Africa. It is both a developed country with good infrastructure but also a country with huge social and economic problems recently exacerbated by Xenophobia.
The country hosts a wealth of incentives for residents including beautiful scenery and excellent work opportunities.
South Africa is an extremely cosmopolitan country and people from all over the world live there.
The Gross Domestic Product (GDP) in South Africa was worth 366.30 billion US dollars in 2018.
The GDP per capita in PPP (purchasing power parity) was 12143.47 USD.
You can apply for South African citizenship through naturalization; if you have been a permanent resident for at least five (5) years, if you have married a South African or if you are a minor under 21 years with a permanent residence.
Move to Ghana:
Ghanaian culture lays more emphasis on being hospitable to everyone in the society, practicing good manners in every setting as well as respect for everyone. Ghana was the first country to gain independence in Africa from the British.
I would recommend Ghana for the first trip to Africa if the person speaks English.
Ghana came 4th after Botswana and Malawi and Mauritius as the most peaceful countries in Africa in the latest Global Peace Index.
This country also has relatively stable electricity, security, decent internet infrastructure and a robust network of academic institutions.
The Gross Domestic Product (GDP) in Ghana was worth 65.56 billion US dollars in 2018.
The GDP per capita in PPP (purchasing power parity) was 4211.85 USD.
Ghana has enacted the Immigration Act which provides for the right of abode for any person of African descent in the diaspora to travel to and from the country without any hindrance at all.
For others, an applicant should have resided in the country for at least five (5) years to apply for citizenship through naturalization.
Move to Ethiopia:
Moving to Ethiopia has become an exciting prospect for many expats, thanks to its moderate climate, expansion in industries, and the production of international commodities.
In addition, Ethiopia has a fascinating history, great food, and lively, colorful culture to discover. Whether it be in rural areas or big cities like Addis Ababa, Ethiopian people have a rich history and culture that endears you to them, yet at the same time, they are adaptable enough to cater to your own ‘western’ habits.
In particular, the areas of Bahir Dar and Lake Tana has some of the nicest people in Africa.
Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed is the winner of the 2019 Nobel Peace Prize, for his contributions to ending the country's two-decade war with neighboring Eritrea.
With a population of over 100 million people, Ethiopia has one of Africa's fastest expanding economy; its GDP grew an estimated 8.5% in 2018.
The Gross Domestic Product (GDP) in Ethiopia was worth 84.36 billion US dollars in 2018.
The GDP per capita in PPP (purchasing power parity) was 1794.29 USD.
Dual citizenship is not allowed in Ethiopia. Work permits are generally valid for up to three (3) years but must be renewed each year prior to expiry. To work beyond three years, the foreign national must leave Ethiopia to apply for a new business visa abroad, and re-enter Ethiopia to apply for a work permit in the country.