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Nigeria Will Be Africa's First Global Superpower - Report by Nobody: 11:14pm On Apr 03, 2015


South Africa has many attributes that make it a worthy representative of Africa on the world stage, but is set to lose its first place.
If Nigeria plays its cards right, it could become Africa’s only global superpower. It already has the continent’s biggest economy, a huge military budget and a fair record of regional engagement.


By 2040 it will also be the fourth largest country in the world after India, China and the United States.
New research by the Institute for Security Studies (ISS) shows that out of Africa’s “Big Five” powerful countries – Nigeria, South Africa, Egypt, Algeria and Ethiopia – Nigeria is “the African country with by far the greatest capabilities” to play a global role.


The choice of the Big Five is based on the demographic, economic and military size of these countries, as well as their historical role as regional leaders, Johannesburg-based newspaper, the Mail & Guardian, quoted the ISS as stating.


South Africa is the only African member of BRICS (Brazil, Russia, India, China, South Africa) and the G20, but it is not expected to grow in power and influence internationally and in Africa.


Dr. Jakkie Cilliers, executive director of the ISS and one of the co-authors of the REPORT, says South Africans sometimes have the misguided impression that the country is a big military power and plays a major role in peacekeeping in Africa.


Spending on defence has, however, been drastically reduced, as shown in the recent defence review. It contributes fewer peacekeepers to United Nations missions than Ethiopia, Egypt and Nigeria.


“In fact, Algeria is spending the most on its military, Ethiopia is the major peacekeeper on the continent and Egypt has the biggest diplomatic power,” says Cilliers.


South Africa’s economy is not projected to grow nearly as much as the rest of Africa.
Population growths are much higher elsewhere on the continent, particularly in Nigeria, where it is projected to grow from 170 million to 320 million by 2040.


“South Africans don’t appreciate the huge size of Nigeria’s economy,” says Cilliers. Nigeria’s gross domestic product (GDP) is projected to grow from $525 billion in 2014 to $4.2 trillion by 2040.


Added to South Africa’s woes are “legitimacy problems on the continent”.
“South Africa can be heavy-handed when it comes to diplomacy and there is a sense that South Africa speaks more than it listens in Africa,” says Cilliers.


The ISS concludes that of the Big Five, South Africa and Ethiopia are “punching above their weight”, while Nigeria and Algeria are “punching below” theirs.


Egypt is punching above its weight internationally – it has a very strong voice in the Middle East – but low in Africa.
The inclusion of Ethiopia in the Big Five is controversial because it is, according to the ISS, “an authoritarian and repressive state” and in 2014 had the 11th lowest GDP per capita in Africa.


However, it is growing fast and has become “a poster child for development in Africa”. It hosts the headquarters of the African Union and is the largest African contributor to UN peace missions.


Algeria is also not living up to its potential given that it has by far the biggest military in Africa.
Nigeria, hampered largely by domestic problems of governance and insecurity, is also under-performing. Nigeria’s military spending has, for example, increased dramatically, with an additional budget of $1 billion approved last year, but this has all been earmarked for the fight against Boko Haram.


Even as last weekend’s elections in Nigeria, dubbed the most important in its history, went off smoothly, it still doesn’t mean it has made the transition to a sophisticated and mature democracy, says Cilliers.

“Nigeria is the only power with the potential to be globally significant but it does not have a coherent foreign policy and its massive security and governance issues are detracting from this potential,” he says.
South Africa, on the other hand, has made this transition and has many attributes that make it a worthy representative of Africa on the world stage, says Cilliers.


But, if the status quo prevails, South Africa will lose its place in pole position.
Angola and Morocco are important players on the continent with huge economies, but Angola is a “purely resource-driven economy” with huge inequalities and lack of democracy, while Morocco is not a member of the AU.




http://www.thisdaylive.com/articles/report-nigeria-will-be-africas-first-global-superpower/205816/

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Re: Nigeria Will Be Africa's First Global Superpower - Report by Nobody: 11:18pm On Apr 03, 2015
There is light at the end of the tunnel...

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Re: Nigeria Will Be Africa's First Global Superpower - Report by OneNaira6: 11:21pm On Apr 03, 2015
I laugh!!

As for the projection, with Buhari as president I don't see that projection ever becoming a reality in the next 4 years. Goodluck to Nigeria cause they sure as hell need it.
SA is going to take over as the highest African economy once again.

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Re: Nigeria Will Be Africa's First Global Superpower - Report by Nobody: 11:21pm On Apr 03, 2015
A theory as useless as a degree-holding Nigerian mechanical engineer who always requests the services of road side auto mechanics to sort out his [ordinary] car ignition problems. A population you can't feed at 170million now is what you want to feed in 2040, with absurd population growth rate. You want to become a global power without military innovations; 100% of our military hardwares are imported. Israel manufactured Iron Dome, USA made Zumwalt-class destroyer (the most technologically advanced warship ever built), Iran has nuclear deterents; point out a Nigeria made commissioned weapon with world wide reputation. All you these thesis researchers, with the lies you are sharing, remember there is God.

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Re: Nigeria Will Be Africa's First Global Superpower - Report by ELTON123(m): 11:33pm On Apr 03, 2015
If i hear undecided
Re: Nigeria Will Be Africa's First Global Superpower - Report by ELTON123(m): 11:34pm On Apr 03, 2015
If i hear
Re: Nigeria Will Be Africa's First Global Superpower - Report by Nobody: 11:45pm On Apr 03, 2015
lalasticlala please do the needful...
Re: Nigeria Will Be Africa's First Global Superpower - Report by Nobody: 11:46pm On Apr 03, 2015
OneNaira6:


I laugh!!

As for the projection, with Buhari as president I don't see that projection ever becoming a reality in the next 4 years. Goodluck to Nigeria cause they sure as hell need it.
SA is going to take over as the highest African economy once again.
your ignorance is mind blowing! shocked shocked shocked

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Re: Nigeria Will Be Africa's First Global Superpower - Report by Sweetguy25: 11:52pm On Apr 03, 2015
Delusions.
Nigeria cannot be super power with the current type of economic, governmental and socio-political systems and structures that runs in the country.
Lets stop deceiving ourselves.

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Re: Nigeria Will Be Africa's First Global Superpower - Report by DesChyko(m): 11:56pm On Apr 03, 2015
G9 tinz loading..
They call him the clueless, but a prediction he made in 2012 came to fruition in 2015, just like he predicted.
Lord, if this is 'cluelessness', please make me CLUELESS in everything I do.. Amen!!

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Re: Nigeria Will Be Africa's First Global Superpower - Report by Vicotex(m): 11:56pm On Apr 03, 2015
After GEJ don Lay the FOUNDATION FINISH

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Re: Nigeria Will Be Africa's First Global Superpower - Report by habeebcole: 11:56pm On Apr 03, 2015
this one na vision 2040 ooo

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Re: Nigeria Will Be Africa's First Global Superpower - Report by SirShymexx: 11:56pm On Apr 03, 2015
Lol.
Re: Nigeria Will Be Africa's First Global Superpower - Report by SleekyP(m): 11:56pm On Apr 03, 2015
Good News!!!

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Re: Nigeria Will Be Africa's First Global Superpower - Report by liveyourlife: 11:56pm On Apr 03, 2015
All hail GMB. We are getting there!

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Re: Nigeria Will Be Africa's First Global Superpower - Report by omenka(m): 11:56pm On Apr 03, 2015
Should we set our priorities right, deploy resources in the right direction, and put round pegs in round holes, we can achieve this in an even shorter period than any projections made.

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Re: Nigeria Will Be Africa's First Global Superpower - Report by boolet: 11:57pm On Apr 03, 2015
grin despite manifestos - in conventional Nigeria- being deceptive tools used only to gain voters' sympathy, GMB is reiterating his, this suffices for seriousness.
Re: Nigeria Will Be Africa's First Global Superpower - Report by Tintinnoty(m): 11:58pm On Apr 03, 2015
This is mind blowing
Re: Nigeria Will Be Africa's First Global Superpower - Report by Apex32: 11:59pm On Apr 03, 2015
Let's be hopeful

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Re: Nigeria Will Be Africa's First Global Superpower - Report by Nobody: 11:59pm On Apr 03, 2015
mtsheew
Re: Nigeria Will Be Africa's First Global Superpower - Report by EverestdeBliu(m): 11:59pm On Apr 03, 2015
President Goodluck Ebele Jonathan has laid the foundation!

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Re: Nigeria Will Be Africa's First Global Superpower - Report by appini: 12:00am On Apr 04, 2015
All kudos to our amiable president Jonathan.

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Re: Nigeria Will Be Africa's First Global Superpower - Report by yordha(m): 12:01am On Apr 04, 2015
And they say GEJ didn't achieve anything. I love GEJ as a person, i believe he has good intention for Nigeria and he did his best, so i wonder why people can't see that. I'll blame his errors on his shallow minded advisers, i think the greatest mistake he made was that he surrounded himself with bunch of corrupt politicians with bad reputation and the fact is "you cant give what you dont have", lets call a spade a spade and put sentiments aside, HE TRIED. Now everyone is shouting change, heading to the unknown, i hope we get the change we desire. So tell me what it feels like "when you did the work and another person takes credit for it"

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Re: Nigeria Will Be Africa's First Global Superpower - Report by EverestdeBliu(m): 12:01am On Apr 04, 2015
appini:
All kudos to our amiable president Jonathan.
true

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Re: Nigeria Will Be Africa's First Global Superpower - Report by ladycara(f): 12:01am On Apr 04, 2015
waaw I pray I live to witness such change in nigeria....----->√®®™

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Re: Nigeria Will Be Africa's First Global Superpower - Report by Raxxye(m): 12:02am On Apr 04, 2015
I say AMEN to it!

This is coming at the right time. I hope the "change" train takes up this challenge and take us to that pinnacle!
We are watching and waiting. We can't wait for that time when the western world nationals will be in long queues in Nigerian embassy in their countries waiting to be given visa to visit Nigeria, and we will be instructing the embassy officials to deny most of them. Then we would have paid them back in their own coin!

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Re: Nigeria Will Be Africa's First Global Superpower - Report by mmsen: 12:02am On Apr 04, 2015
Tintinnoty:
This is mind blowing


Not really.

The problem with Nigeria is most of its inhabitants are not even partially aware of how well stocked Nigeria is to become a major economic powerhouse, globally.

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