Over a decade ago, Nelson Mandela stood on the balcony of the SA embassy in London's Trafalgar Square and looked over a sea of South African faces. "I love you all so much", he said, "I want to put you in my pocket and take you home." And so the idea for Homecoming Revolution was born.
Homecoming Revolution is described as the one-stop platform that showcases opportunities in Africa for African Diaspora Professionals. Originally established in South Africa as an NGO in 2003, Homecoming Revolution is now a commercial entity and has a footprint in the UK, USA, South Africa, Nigeria, Ghana, Uganda and Kenya. Activities include global expos, local networking events, e-marketing activities and tailored talent search.
It encourages Africans to return home by showcasing careers, property, schools, relocation services, diaspora products, investments and entrepreneurial opportunities.
Says Angel Jones, CEO and founder of Homecoming Revolution: "Sub-Saharan Africa is taking off, requiring strong leadership, top skills and job creation. Returning Africans bring home not only a superb range of international expertise, global relationships and local knowledge, but a strong sense of purpose and willingness to give back too - it's a very powerful combination."
The London Expo taking place from 15-16 March, will feature:
- Exhibitors: Featuring Barclays Africa, Standard Bank Group, KPMG Africa, Africa Health Placements, American Tower, Aperture Group, Bain & Company, The Boston Consulting Group, Bridge International, Chicken Republic, CIMA, Diageo, Deloitte, Ecobank, Food Concepts, The Foschini Group, Gordon Institute of Business Science, Group Five, Gumboots Foundation, Intergate Immigration, Parsons Brinckerhoff, Thoughtworks, White & Co, 88 Agents and many more.
- Guest speakers: High-profile guest speakers who will share their own "homecoming journey" plus update, inform, educate and inspire the diaspora on various issues relating to African business, economics, politics, and future scenarios.
- Workshops: Careers, Relocation, Investments, Property and Entrepreneurship
- Case studies: Inspirational video content and story-telling of returnee case studies
For more, download the agenda and book tickets at www.homecomingrevolution.com.