4 THINGS TO KNOW IF YOU ARE PLANNING TO MOVE TO AFRICA FROM THE DIASPORA

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4 THINGS TO KNOW IF YOU ARE PLANNING TO MOVE TO AFRICA FROM THE DIASPORA

Africa is a very wonderful place to be. It is ranked as the second most populous continent in the world. Though most of the countries are still under development, there are few things that continuously attract companies, individuals, and investors to the continent.

If you are planning to move to Africa, either as an investor or just for a vacation, then here are certain things you must take note of about the African continent.

4 THINGS ABOUT AFRICA YOU MUST KNOW

1. FIRST IS THEIR CULTURE

Culture, they say is the way of life of a group of people. Africans have different but unique cultures that define them. It constitutes the food, clothing, and even their places of abode. Most of the cultures are quite similar, depending on the African country you visit. The African continent also homes several tribes and religions.

Ghana for instance has about 12 tribes. Some Africans have also modernized their traditional culture because of modernity. Nonetheless,  every African culture is beautiful and unique. You can try to inquire more upon your visit to any of the African countries.

TOPSHOT – A man from the Hamar tribe takes part in a bull jumping ceremony in Ethiopia’s southern Omo Valley region near Turmi on September 19, 2016.
The Hamar are a Nilotic ethnic group in Ethiopia. Bull jumping has been practised by the Hamars for thousands of years. The ceremony is a coming of age tradition which allows young men to marry. The man has to run across the backs of bulls which have been lined up, 4 times. If he falls through the row of bulls he is to start again until he finishes without falling. If the man fails to properly “jump the bulls” he risks humiliation and being cast out by his village as well as never being able to marry in the future. Before the ceremony women line up to be whipped by men holding sticks to prove their devotion to the men. The construction of the Gibe III dam, the third largest hydroelectric plant in Africa, and large areas of very “thirsty” cotton and sugar plantations and factories along the Omo river are impacting heavily on the lives of tribes living in the Omo Valley who depend on the river for their survival and way of life. Human rights groups fear for the future of the tribes if they are forced to scatter, give up traditional ways through loss of land or ability to keep cattle as globalisation and development increases. / AFP PHOTO / CARL DE SOUZACARL DE SOUZA/AFP/Getty Images ** OUTS – ELSENT, FPG, CM – OUTS * NM, PH, VA if sourced by CT, LA or MoD **

2. SECOND IS THEIR ROADS

Road network in the African continent is quite different from those in the diaspora, though some of the roads are very good. In most of the capital cities in Africa,  the roads are tarred.

However, it may be different from the roads in the rural areas and some cities. Usually, residential areas and roads leading to airports, tourist sites, and other governmental institutions in most African countries are well developed with fewer potholes or no potholes.

Based on a report from the World Economic Forum the top 5 African countries with the best road networks are Namibia,  Rwanda, Cote D’Ivoire, South Africa, and Mauritius. You may want to visit these places and have a look.

3. THIRDLY, BUSINESS OPPORTUNITIES

Another interesting thing you should know about the African continent is the business opportunities for entrepreneurship. This has helped their economy to be fast-growing. Since Africa is in its prime development stage, it is open to varying investments, so as to help the country develop.

You can decide to relocate to start a business in Africa because of the several opportunities and innovative ideas available.  Better still, you can stay in your own country and still work on a business in Africa.

4. LASTLY, THE MIXED CLIMATE

The climate system in Africa is not the same as in America. Most African countries are very hot. Countries like Egypt, Tunisia, and Morocco are considered as hottest African countries.  This is probably a result of the Sahara desert.

However, in Sub- Saharan African countries like Nigeria,  Ghana, and South Africa,  the climate usually ranges from being mildly hot to cold. Most of the African houses are also not designed to handle the worst of this change. So probably, you may have to get an air conditioner or a humidifier. Some Africans also have this in their homes and offices.

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