It is less than 50 days to the 1st of January 2019 and as we approach the end of the year 2018, our minds and subconsciousness gradually switch to the yuletide mood. The air is becoming harsh and dusty, day temperatures for some towns in Northern Nigeria moves to 34 degrees Celsius, the rains starts receding in the Southern part of the Country. In a short time from now, streets, homes and event places would be decorated with fanciful and exotic lightings.
Series of fun-events and festivities are lined up for the last 50 days of the year, starting from Eid el Maulud celebrations on the 21st of November to Christmas on the 25th of December and New year festivities on the 1st of January 2019. The season is loaded with carnivals, fun spots and fun seekers.
Aside from the fun and festivities of this season, it’s also one period so many Nigerians look forward to, especially as it affords them the opportunity to travel and meet their loved ones. Most offices will be closed for the holidays, except those on essential duties, so Nigerians especially those residing beyond the shores of the country take time out to visit home
Most big cities will be empty as economic activities will shift base to the villages. Aside from local travelers, so many Nigerians in diaspora would have made their way to their villages. Trips like this is also an opportunity for Nigerians in diaspora to explore ways of impacting on the lives of those they left behind for years and for some, a period to reflect on whether to relocate home as there may few be potentials and opportunities to be exploited.
In this magazine, we have beamed our light on Nigerians in diaspora, their demographics, geographical spread outside Nigeria and the impact of their activities on the Nigerian economy taking into consideration their yearly remittances into the country, projects proposed and undertaken and how a few in the health profession have decided to relocate and support the health sector, bringing their wealth of experience and expertise to bear and ultimately changing the narratives in that sector.
Also, in this edition, we have an article on Diaspora Business Investment Development Advisory (DIBIDA), highlighting their plans to support Nigerians in diaspora who are interested in investing in the country. Nigerians in diaspora will be getting professional guidance and accurate data and as such will be able to make the best decision on investment options back home. The Industry University is an interesting article as it highlights what a few Nigerians in diaspora are doing, this time in the Higher Education sector.
As a country, we are blessed with enough human and material resources needed to launch us into a First World economy. We therefore need to support positive initiatives like those showcased in this edition of the magazine so we can harness our full potential and earn our respect amongst the comity of nations.
The Nigerian Diaspora Watch Magazine coming soon