Africans in the Diaspora-The Hidden Force: Economics, Investment, Skilled Workforce and Public Health

  • J. Radeino AmbeEmail author
  • Marion Koso-Thomas
  • Samuel G. Adewusi
  • Muhammed O. Afolabi


The Ebola epidemic outbreak in West Africa (2013–2016) left few Africans indifferent. A significant group that contributed appreciably towards the containment of the epidemic was Diaporan Africans. In this chapter we highlight the contribution of Africans living outside the continent, especially during the West African Ebola epidemic outbreak. Their contributions complemented, in many ways, the efforts on the ground to contain the epidemic in West Africa. This chapter includes the personal narratives of two diasporans: Dr. Marion Koso-Thomas, an African Diasporan in the United States and Dr. Muhammed Afolabi, an African Diasporan in Africa but living outside his home country.


Africans Diaspora Dispersal Brain drain Brain gain Social media 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • J. Radeino Ambe
    • 1
    • 2
    Email author
  • Marion Koso-Thomas
    • 3
  • Samuel G. Adewusi
    • 4
    • 5
  • Muhammed O. Afolabi
    • 6
  1. 1.Department of Public Health, School of Nursing and Health SciencesCapella UniversityMinneapolisUSA
  2. 2.The Global Emerging Pathogens Treatment InitiativeLagosNigeria
  3. 3.Global Health ResearcherSilver SpringUSA
  4. 4.Lawyers Office of Samuel G. AdewusiSilver SpringUSA
  5. 5.Board of Trustees Nigerians in Diaspora Organization, Americas (NIDO Americas)Washington, DCUSA
  6. 6.Department of Clinical ResearchLondon School of Hygiene & Tropical MedicineLondonUK

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