275 Nigerians are repatriated from Libya to Benin City, their home town in Nigeria. A special programme set up by the State of Edo awaits them to help them reintegrate. It’s part of an urgent repatriation plan being announced by the African Union, which will see up to 20,000 people evacuated.
For nearly 30 years, Edo state, of which Benin City is the capital, has survived on the money sent back from Europe, with even small sums representing a real monthly salary for families – as long as the money is sent in foreign currency.
In Benin City, Nigeria’s capital of illegal migration, no one says the word “prostitution”. The word on the street for the young girls who leave for Italy or France is “hustling”.
This week on Africa Weekly we head to South Africa where residents of townships are protesting against a lack of basic services. Then we visit Mali where a mobile app is helping health workers to deliver better services and finally we end in Nigeria, where families in Benin City are living off the earnings of their families working abroad. FOR SUBSCRIBERS OF AFRICA WEEKLY ONLY