No-one keeps reliable statistics but he is one of thousands, possibly hundreds of thousands, of educated Nigerians who have decided to return because of a combination of strong growth back home, and the economic slowdown in the West.

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"At the height of the recession in Europe and the US it was crazy because everyone was getting in touch saying they wanted to go home," says Ade Odutola from the job recruitment website Wazobiajobs.com.
"It’s calmed down a bit now but lots of Nigerians who left in the 1980s and early 90s are now seeing other people being successful back home and that’s a real magnet pulling them back.”
With business booming, Mr Odutola says Nigerian companies are now in a position to pay salaries that are attractive to people living around the world.
"What we’re seeing is what’s being called a brain gain," he says.
"The pool of talent that people can hire from here is now growing and that is good news for Nigeria."
But paying top salaries is only possible if Nigeria’s economy continues to grow strongly. It is currently expanding at about 7.5%.
”When I’m at the market I have to make sure I don’t stand out from the locals so that means leaving my British accent behind”
- Abiola Olanrewaju, Recent returnee
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"Nigeria has been cast in a negative light but if you come back and look on the ground you’ll see a serious entrepreneurial mindset which I think is lost in Europe," he says.
”You’ll see a serious entrepreneurial mindset which I think is lost in Europe”
- Tunde Ogunrinde, Head of Chicken Republic

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No-one keeps reliable statistics but he is one of thousands, possibly hundreds of thousands, of educated Nigerians who have decided to return because of a combination of strong growth back home, and the economic slowdown in the West.

Abiola Olanrewaju

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"At the height of the recession in Europe and the US it was crazy because everyone was getting in touch saying they wanted to go home," says Ade Odutola from the job recruitment website Wazobiajobs.com.

"It’s calmed down a bit now but lots of Nigerians who left in the 1980s and early 90s are now seeing other people being successful back home and that’s a real magnet pulling them back.

With business booming, Mr Odutola says Nigerian companies are now in a position to pay salaries that are attractive to people living around the world.

"What we’re seeing is what’s being called a brain gain," he says.

"The pool of talent that people can hire from here is now growing and that is good news for Nigeria."

But paying top salaries is only possible if Nigeria’s economy continues to grow strongly. It is currently expanding at about 7.5%.

”When I’m at the market I have to make sure I don’t stand out from the locals so that means leaving my British accent behind”

Abiola Olanrewaju, Recent returnee

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"Nigeria has been cast in a negative light but if you come back and look on the ground you’ll see a serious entrepreneurial mindset which I think is lost in Europe," he says.

”You’ll see a serious entrepreneurial mindset which I think is lost in Europe”

Tunde Ogunrinde, Head of Chicken Republic

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