Nigeria and the African Union (2002–2019)

Author: Haruna, Mustapha Ayodele
Journal: Journal of Globalization Studies. Volume 11, Number 2 / November 2020


In the present study the author applies qualitative and descriptive historical methods when analyzing the primary sources. The historical dimension considers the antecedents of the Nigeria's foreign policy with respect to Africa being the key aspect of its external relations starting from gaining independence till the present period. The descriptive and analytical aspects of the methodology focus on the analysis of Nigerian foreign policy objectives based on the empirical validation, while the descriptive approach deals with the impacts/role of Nigeria in the continental integration of Africa and finally, the admission of Nigeria into the African Continental Free Trade Area (AFCFTA), and respective challenges and prospect for economic and political integration. The study employed the role theory to reveal, develop, and validate the correlation between the role of Nigeria in the African Union and in the regional integration for economic and political realization.

Keywords: diplomacy, foreign policy, national interest, regionalism, role conception.

Ayodele Haruna Mustapha, Rufus Giwa Polytechnic more