4. Nigeria-South Africa Relations and Hegemonic Competence

While there is widespread reference to Nigeria and South Africa’s capabilities and regional influence in the extant literature, little analysis is offered on Nigeria-South Africa relations and their impact on regional governance and the provision of public goods on the continent. It is therefore pertinent to explore the relations between them and the implications for both countries and Africa at large. This book provides one of the very few comprehensive studies of Nigeria-South Africa relations. The book engages critical questions such as: Do Nigeria and South Africa act as effective hegemons? How do we explain their rollercoaster relations? What role does the dark side of globalisation play in such relations? To what extent have these regional powers mobilised other African states to achieve sustainable development on the continent? What are the areas of cooperation and competition? The book is structured around 4 parts and 11 chapters to address these questions.