Nigerians in the U.S. have been tasked with the need to change their negative mindset about the country and join hands and resources to help build the Nigeria of everybody’s dream.

Former Governor of Anambra Peter Obi, Senators Ben Murray-Bruce and Shaaba Lafiaji, and motivational speaker, Fela Durotoye, made the call at the Nigerian-American Business Forum at Florida.

Others who spoke on: ‘Investing in Nigeria from the Diaspora: Challenges and Opportunities’, were the Nigerian Stock Exchange Council President, Abimbola Ogunbanjo, and Nigerian-American entrepreneur, Biodun Shobanjo.

They all challenged the diasporas to invest at home and help to build a better Nigeria of everybody’s dream.

Former Anambra Governor Peter Obi delivering a speech at Florida on ‘Investment in Nigeria from the Diaspora: Challenges and Opportunities’ organized by the Nigerian-American Business Forum

Obi said: “You must invest in Nigeria; we must change the mindset about Nigeria. You must bring your investment home because we need to take back Nigeria.

“There is an opportunity in Nigeria when it comes to investment that is not anywhere in the world. Channel your investment back into the country; be part of the change at home. We have no other country to call ours except Nigeria.”

Murray-Bruce, in his speech, said the diasporas could not sit idly by and watch the country run aground, adding “you must be willing to come home, invest and fight for Nigeria to be better.


“In the coming election, Nigeria must be better – no more business as usual. Nigerians in Diaspora constitute the largest foreign direct investment to Nigeria – $22bn – while NNPC contributes $30bn.

“So I am sponsoring a bill that you must be given the right to vote. Call your senators to support my bill. If Nigeria must be successful, you must be successful”.

Durotoye, on his part, said it was not too late for Nigeria to get it right, saying Nigeria could still be the most desirable country to live in the next seven years – 2025.

He challenged the diasporas to be like the Diaspora Jews and Indians who succeeded together and were able to go back to impact same in their respective countries.

Leadership coach and motivational speaker Fela Durotoye speaking at the Nigerian-American Investment Forum at Florida

“No nation in the world has been able to realize its potential without the involvement of its diasporas; Awolowo, Nkrumah, Kenyatta – were all diasporas. Don’t be escapist. As long as you want to escape, Nigeria is a ‘hole’ to you.

“Be an expert, think of what to bring back home. Invest in each other, start investing in Nigerians who are here.

“So invest in young Nigerians at home; they are moving forward in spite of government. Search them out and mentor them.

“Nigeria was born with a wing but just put in a cage in the past 57 years but the cage is about to be broken,” Durotoye said.

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Nigerians in the U.S. have been tasked with the need to change their negative mindset about the country and join hands and resources to help build the Nigeria of everybody’s dream. Former Governor of Anambra Peter Obi, Senators Ben Murray-Bruce and Shaaba Lafiaji, and motivational speaker, Fela Durotoye, made the...