This book examines relations between Nigeria and the United States, analyzing the levels of collaboration and interaction between the two countries since Nigerian independence in 1960. The central objective of the volume is to understand how American policy-makers have thought about and acted toward Nigeria from the time she achieved statehood in 1960 until the end of Obama Administration.
There is huge potential in Nigeria; the country has the largest population in Africa and is well-endowed in terms of both human and natural resources. Additionally, it has the largest economy and biggest market on the continent, the largest concentration of Black population in the world, a burgeoning and vibrant youthful population, and a tradition of international engagement since its independence. With a population of over 170 million, and as America's largest trading partner in Africa, Nigeria is a key power in Africa, and a major player in world affairs. Nigeria's position in the twenty-first century offers the possibility for a positive new chapter in Nigeria-United States relations.
Olayiwola Abegunrin is professor of international relations and African studies at Howard University and the University of Maryland.