An Evaluation of Nigeria – South Africa Bilateral Relations
Joseph C. Ebegbulem
Journal of International Relations and Foreign Policy, 1(1), pp. 32-40.

During the apartheid era, Nigeria amongst other independent African states fought for the liberation of their black brothers and sisters in South Africa. Nigeria had no bilateral relations with the government of South Africa, as the country was a pariah state in the international community because of her apartheid posture. At the dawn of democracy in South Africa and Nigeria, there was a dramatic change in attitude. Both countries became two African giants that will champion the repositioning of Africa on the path of long term development and reduce her marginalization in the international economic relations. Today, they are regarded as emerging giants in the African continent. Nigeria enjoys economic dominance in the western part of Africa while South Africa enjoys economic dominance in the southern part of Africa. While Nigeria’s economy depends heavily on the oil sector, which contributes 95 percent of her export revenue, South African economy is a diversified one, which includes manufacturing, financial and minerals, among others. This papers aims at focusing on various bilateral relations that exist between both nations; their roles in the establishment of NEPAD whose main objective is to eradicate poverty in Africa and to place African countries on the path of sustainable growth and development; the establishment of South Africa- Nigeria Bilateral Commission which aims at increasing the amount of trade and investments between South Africa and Nigeria.The paper will also look at how the presence of many South African companies doing business in Nigeria has unproved trade relations between Nigeria and South Africa.

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Ebegbulem, C. Joseph. (2013). An Evaluation of Nigeria – South Africa Bilateral Relations. Journal of International Relations and Foreign Policy, 1(1), pp. 32-40.

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JOSEPH C. EBEGBULEM, a Nigerian born on the 23rd of July, 1959. He has a Bachelors degree in political science (BA magna cum laude) from Alabama State University, USA, and Masters degree (MA) in International Relations from the City College of the City University of New York, USA. He taught briefly at St. Catherine School in New York before returning to Nigeria. He am about rounding up a PhD program in International Relations. Currently, he is a lecturer in the Dept. of political science, University of Calabar, Nigeria. He is married with four children.
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