Africa is Calling: Four Professional British Women Return to Their Roots

How these leaders found career fulfillment in their homeland

Elvina Quaison (Photo: Quaison)

ELVINA QUASION: Gap-Year Love Affair Leads to Relocation

Born and raised in London, Elvina Quaison decided to pack her bags and completed her move to Accra in 2011.

“I had reached a point in my life where I knew this was the right time for me to leave,” Quaison says.  “I had no ties so the only person who would be uprooted was me.”

“The real motivating push came from a friend who wanted to relocate to Ghana. She was just about to, but she passed away suddenly. It was a wake-up call. I realized that you can’t keep putting things off until tomorrow,” Quaison adds.

After spotting a gap in the market for her interests and expertise, Quaison founded management consultancy Silk Solutions, a company assists clients seeking to establish enterprises in Ghana.

Formerly chair of the Ghana Black Stars Network, an organization connecting the diaspora, Quaison’s career sparked her interest in the investment opportunities in her homeland. Arriving in Accra required Quaison to fully embrace her new environment. “Being brought up in the West had a distinct impact on my mindset, cultural references and way of thinking,” Quaison says. “This is a challenge when moving to an environment that feels like home and you want to be home.”

Positive experiences range from developing networks to gaining a better understanding of just how adaptable she can be. “The key professional benefits have been developing new skills and gaining insight into how different cultures do business,” Quaison says.  “Personally I have attained goals that I would not have even imagined possible a year ago.”

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  • Cay Moore

    Congratulations Octavia for securing this role with Black Enterprise. Very informative article.

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  • Catherine Gilhooly

    Really interesting article. I never really thought about people moving from the UK to get fresh opportunities in Africa. You hear so much about the Far East but Africa doesn’t get good press in terms of business and entrepreneurship. The stories of these women helps to challenge assumptions.

  • Greg

    Africa needs you!! The opportunities in Africa are boundless. We need more people finding which country their skills best fit. The more skilled diaspora who move home the more we can continue to develop. If anyone wants a good read of why this works look no further than Dambisa Moyo – Dead Aid. You don’t need to be from Africa either, I moved to Botswana having never visited before…

  • Reena D

    This article reminded me of the beauty of taking risks as a strong woman. These amazing entrepreneurs are courageous. It’s commendable they relocated to a land they are not as familiar with, but yet were open to build their roots and foundation to enhance the local economy. Thanks so much for sharing Octavia!

  • Evan P

    I love this article. It is really inspiring to me that these women are taking experiences and skills to a countries that could use help. They are taking risks by moving from their familiar and comfortable lives, but I think they’ll pay off by opening up these women to new opportunities and experiences. Great article.

  • Juliet Jackman

    Well done Octavia, really interesting and inspiring article. I didn’t want the article to end.

  • Yvonne Ndege

    Great piece by Octavia Goredema. But I believe the moves these women made were not just based on emotion, or sentiment. The cost of living is far less in Africa than it is in Europe or the US. The quality of life is also much higher. And Africa’s economies are some of the fastest growing in the world.

  • Arianna O’Dell

    Great piece. I look forward to reading more by Octavia!

  • RuthY

    Wow…this is a very inspiring article. It’s great to see young African’s going back to help build Africa.

  • Aimee B.

    Thank you for sharing this beautifully written collection of inspiring stories!

  • janice means

    Thank you for sharing this beautifully written story,it was inspriring with good imformation,thanks for sharing.

  • Ronke Ige

    Great article, I look forward to reading many more from Octavia. Well done to all the ladies who relocated too… couldn’t have been easy having lived in the UK for most of your lives, very admirable. I wish each of you all the best! x

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