Nigeria, Afrocentrism, and Conflict Resolution: After Five Decades—How Far, How Well?

by Olumuyiwa Babatunde Amao and Ufo Okeke-Uzodike 

Abstract

This article interrogates Nigeria’s interventionist role in Africa over more than half century of independence by examining the interplay between Nigeria’s Afrocentric foreign policy drive and its conflict interventionist role in Africa. The article further reviews the essential ingredients embedded in Nigeria’s foreign policy articulation, including its “much publicized” shift to citizen diplomacy. And, it argues that, having being a major force for/of peace and stability in Africa, Nigeria should strive for a balance between its commitment to Afrocentrism, and the country’s homegrown challenges; particularly, in the light of its declining socio-economic realities and the seemingly unending Boko Haram insurgency.

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Olumuyiwa Babatunde Amao and Ufo Okeke-Uzodike