The head of African Development Bank, Akinwumi Adesina has made a call for African diaspora to be given a voice.
In a tweet he posted on Saturday, the former Agriculture Minister said Africans living abroad remit more to their African nations than any other group.
He gave the figure as $96 billion as of 2021, up from $37 billion in 2010.
He said, “Africans in diaspora are Africa’s largest financiers. Remittances from the diaspora to Africa grew from $37 billion in 2010 to $96 billion in 2021. Total Official Development Assistance to Africa in 2021 was $35 billion or 36% of remittances from diaspora. Prioritize their voice!”
On Diaspora voting, Peter Obi, said 2023 would be the last time Nigerians in the Diaspora would not vote if elected President, noting that if other countries in Africa can do it, Nigeria can also do it.
“Every nation in the world that has turned around, was done by their diasporas. Diasporas have a huge role to play, even in the Bible, Joseph left his country to Egypt & came back to feed his people.”
He added, “Joseph was the one who changed the lives of his people why he was Prime minister in Egypt.”