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Africa in Global Politics in the Twenty-First Century: A by Olayiwola Abegunrin

By Olayiwola Abegunrin

Within the twenty-first century, Africa has develop into a major resource of US power imports and the world's typical assets. It has additionally develop into the epicentre of the world's lethal health and wellbeing epidemic, HIV/AIDS, and one of many battlegrounds within the struggle opposed to terrorism. Africa is now a huge participant in international affairs.

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South Africa is also the most likely nation in Africa to reach the status of a newly industrializing country (NIC) because of its diversified economic base. Furthermore, the Southern African Development Community and the Southern African Custom Union (SACU) appear to be better regional economic organizations for South Africa than the Economic Community of the West African States (ECOWAS) is for Nigeria. For example, South Africa has better developed economic infrastructure, in addition to research and development programs that stimulate industrial productivity.

Consequently, Lagos became a crown colony in1861. While this was going on, George Goldie, a British Merchant, came to the Guinea Coast in 1878, specifically present day Niger Delta. 9 In 1886, the Royal Niger Company entered into a series of forced agreements with the African local chiefs inhabiting the Niger Territories. The area was subsequently declared a British Protectorate in 1887, following which the company signed a number of treaties with the Emirs of Sokoto and Gwandu. All these treaties were used to support British claim to Northern Nigeria.

Initially Nigeria adopted a conservative and conciliatory approach to the racial issue in Southern Africa. For instance, Prime Minister Balewa rejected bluntly many proposals for Nigeria to support revolutionary actions against the apartheid system, but rather preferred a conciliatory approach to the apartheid issue. However, as the South Africa debacle produced deeper emotions in Nigeria, the Federal Government rejected the apartheid racist policy, contending that the estrangement of the black people, it observed, was due to South Africa’s official policy of apartheid, which curtails their freedom of association and movement.

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