After living abroad for a time, many Cameroonians are drawn back to their home country, despite – or indeed because of – the scale of the challenges involved. While they want to improve their own prospects, they are also keen to help their country, and to put their newly acquired skills and knowledge to good use where they are urgently needed. However, it is not easy to find a suitable and well-paid job in Cameroon, especially for those who choose to return after spending many years outside the country. For this reason, many returnees think about setting up their own business.
Many people from Cameroon go abroad to complete their education or training. There are currently around 6,000 Cameroonians studying in Germany alone. They make up the largest group of students from sub-Saharan Africa at German universities. Honoré Tiako Ndjenkam studied and worked in Germany before setting up his own IT consulting firm in Cameroon with support from the Business Ideas for Development team.