Brussels, 06 June 2018, a new book titled “The Eagle and the Springbok: Essays on Nigeria and South Africa” by Prof. Adekeye Adebajo was launched and discussed during an event at the ACP house.
The book essentially assesses Nigeria and South Africa relations in the areas of politics, economics, and culture within the context of rivalries and hegemony.
Indeed, Nigeria and South Africa account for about a third of Africa’s economic might and have led much of its conflict management initiatives over the last two-and-a-half decades. Both account for at least 60 per cent of the economy of their respective sub-regions in West and Southern Africa.
The success of political and economic integration in Africa thus rests heavily on the shoulders of these two regional powers, who have both collaborated and competed with each other in a complex relationship that is Africa’s most indispensable.
The author Prof. Adekeye Adebajo is an accomplished scholar and he is the director of the Institute for Pan-African Thought and Conversation at the University of Johannesburg in South Africa. He was Executive Director of the Centre for Conflict Resolution in Cape Town between 2003 and 2016.
Professor Adebajo served on UN missions in South Africa, Western Sahara and Iraq, and is the author of Building Peace in West Africa; The Curse of Berlin: Africa After the Cold War; UN Peacekeeping in Africa; and Thabo Mbeki: Africa’s Philosopher-King. A Rhodes scholar, he obtained his doctorate from Oxford University. He is a regular columnist for Business Day (South Africa) and The Guardian (Nigeria).
(Photo: from left to right- H.E Dr. kaire Mbuende Ambassador of Namibia, H.E Dr. Patrick I. Gomes ACP Secretary General, Prof. Mr. Adekeye Adebajo The Author and Mr. Maxy Ogbede Minister Counsellor Embassy of Nigeria)
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