We often hear about the “brain drain” phenomenon in Africa — highly educated people leaving their home countries for more promising or lucrative professional opportunities abroad. It creates a vacuum of the most intelligent, highly trained, and educated individuals — those most capable of contributing to the persistent social and economic needs of their countries.
Cameroonian Thierry Nyamen is different. He is committed to using his PhD to improve food security in his country and increase food exports. Nyamen’s advice for those wishing to follow in his footsteps? “First of all, they must go to school.”