Nigeria: Member's Coffee & Discussion Group July 15, 2021 via ZOOM
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About The Event
The World Bank describes Nigeria as a A key regional player in West Africa, with approximately half of the total popuation in West Africa. It is Africa’s biggest oil exporter, has the largest natural gas reserves on the continent, and one of the largest youth populations in the world. Nigeria is multi-ethnic federation of 36 autonomous states and the Federal Capital Territory, whose politics are largely dominated by the ruling All Progressives Congress party (APC). Despite it's oil wealth, 40% of the population was living below the poverty line before COVID-19, which is expected to worsen persistent problems with unemployment and under-employment. Insecurity in the Niger Delta region has been a persistent challenge, but the on-going war with Boko-Haram in the northern states has been the dominant security concern since the group's emergence in 2011. (summary adapted from the World Bank's "Nigeria Overview")
The reading list below includes a number of "overview" studies from different research centers or international agencies, including the World Bank and the International Crisis Group, as well as commentary on relations between Nigeria and South Africa.
- Husaini, Sa’eed. 2021. “Opinion | Nigeria Is in Disarray. So Its President Banned Twitter.” The New York Times. https://www.nytimes.com/2021/06/08/opinion/nigeria-buhari-crisis-twitter.html (July 9, 2021).
- “Nigeria.” World Bank. https://www.worldbank.org/en/country/nigeria (July 7, 2021).
- “Nigeria.” Crisis Group. https://www.crisisgroup.org/africa/west-africa/nigeria (July 7, 2021).
- “BTI 2020 Nigeria Country Report.” BTI Blog. https://www.bti-project.org/en/reports/country-report-NGA-2020.html (July 7, 2021).
- “Nigeria and South Africa: When Two African Giants Meet.” 2019. BBC News. https://www.bbc.com/news/world-africa-49904100 (July 7, 2021).
- Madden, Payce. 2019. “Africa in the News: South Africa-Nigeria Relations, U.S. Embassy in Somalia, and UNECA, AU Recommend Tax Reforms.” Brookings. https://www.brookings.edu/blog/africa-in-focus/2019/10/05/africa-in-the-news-south-africa-nigeria-relations-u-s-embassy-in-somalia-and-uneca-au-recommend-tax-reforms/ (July 7, 2021).
- “Jacob Zuma Is Ordered to Prison by South African Court - The New York Times.” https://www.nytimes.com/2021/06/29/world/africa/jacob-zuma-prison.html?referringSource=articleShare (July 7, 2021).
Remember, this virtual event is strictly B.Y.O.C. (bring your own coffee)! Looking forward to seeing you there.
Our bi-weekly coffee and discussion group can be accessed via this link: https://maine.zoom.us/j/86708287032