Japa: 35-yr-old PhD Holder Adeleke Speaks On Why He Returned To Nigeria When Others Are Leaving


A young Nigerian, who hails from Osun State, Adedoyin Adeleke, has narrated the reasons why he returned back to Nigeria at a time when other young, able and talented Nigerians were leaving the country in droves.

NBS News reports that in what is now popularly known as the ‘Japa Syndrome’, skilled Nigerians were leaving the country for Europe and other developed countries in search of greener pastures.

Adeleke, a PhD holder with a focus on Energy for Sustainable Development, who was working in Italy before his return home, said there was a need to turn Nigeria into the greener pasture for others to come.

Born on July 7, 1989, in Osogbo, present-day Osun State, Dr. Adeleke had his primary and secondary education in Osogbo and proceeded to the Obafemi Awolowo University (OAU) Ile-Ife and the University of Ibadan (UI) for his Bachelor and Master’s degrees, respectively, before he was awarded scholarship for his Doctoral studies in Italy by the Italian Government.

Against the advice of family members and friends, Adeleke said he relocated to Nigeria with a mission to drive green growth and development across Africa.

According to him, there was a need for Nigerians to develop the country into a greener pasture like Europe and America.

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