By Olayiwola Abegunrin
In this twenty-first century, Africa has turn into a massive resource of the United States’ strength imports and the world's traditional assets. It has additionally turn into the epicenter of the world’s lethal health and wellbeing epidemic, HIV/AIDS, and one of many battlegrounds within the struggle opposed to terrorism. With Nigeria and South Africa best the continent, Africa has turn into an immense participant to be reckoned with within the worldwide affairs.
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Brian Lapping observed that “a majority of the 11 million Bantu (Black Africans) in the Union would presumably go on living in white South Africa, and their labor was indispensable. ”27 South Africans outside the homelands were closely monitored and controlled by white police force. 28 The Bantu Education Act, Bantu Authorities Act, and Native Labor (Settlement of disputes) Act were passed in 1955, but the most repressive and bitterly opposed of these laws was the Bantu Education Act. This Act was fundamental to central government control with a view to making education the handmaid of apartheid by training Africans only for inferior roles in South African society.
A former South African Ambassador to Nigeria, George Nene, pointed out that Nigeria and South Africa are viable partners in the development of Africa in view of the enormous potentials of the two countries. He succinctly stated his views thus: We believe that there is a lot the two countries can do in the field of economy and trade, which will be of spill-over effect to other African countries. 84 Conclusion Nigeria’s external behavior has hinged on Afro-centric policy rooted in the struggle against colonialism, imperialism, racial oppression and apartheid system in Africa generally, and Southern Africa in particular.
The primary aim of the Directors of the Company in sending Riebeeck to occupy the Cape (Table Bay) was to promote Dutch economic interests. Modern South Africa was settled as a by-product of the enterprise of the Dutch merchants: The colony was to serve a specific and limited role as a link between the Netherlands and their eastern empire centered on Batavia, Java. 16 According to Leonard Thompson, one very unique situation of South Africa as a colony was that, initially, the Dutch East Indian Company did not envisage the use of slave labor in their Cape settlement.