By Olayiwola Abegunrin
Within the twenty-first century, Africa has turn into a big resource of US power imports and the world's common assets. It has additionally develop into the epicentre of the world's lethal overall healthiness epidemic, HIV/AIDS, and one of many battlegrounds within the struggle opposed to terrorism. Africa is now an important participant in worldwide affairs.
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Nigeria received a wide global support for the designation of apartheid as a heinous crime against humanity. As a strategy of accelerating the momentum of its campaign against the white minority regime, Nigeria also canvassed for the imposition of comprehensive and mandatory sanctions against South Africa. In an Address to the Special Political Committee of the UN General Assembly in 1961, Nigeria’s Foreign Minister reiterated the country’s position on the issue of decolonization and racial discrimination, and said, “The independence of African states will be meaningless, if in other parts of African continent black men did not have freedom.
Therefore, Nigeria and South Africa are confronted by this onerous task of motivating the rest of Africa to tackle African problems in a concerted action. Nigeria and South Africa, as the two giants of Africa, are uniquely positioned within the continent to respond to global challenges that are unfolding for the continent in the new century. 75 The impacts of liberation and structural adjustment program include high unemployment rate, increasing poverty, high inflation, weakened balance of trade, de-industrialization, and increased vulnerability of financial sector and civil conflicts.
The discriminatory laws promulgated between 1948 and 1958 following the institutionalization of apartheid best illustrated this strategy. These included the Group Areas Act, which provides for total residential segregation between the different races. 24 Through these obnoxious and other repressive laws that were subsequently enacted, the African majority in South Africa were subjected to all manners of indignities and denied their fundamental human and civil rights. Black South Africans were also denied equal access to social services and economic resources.
Africa in Global Politics in the Twenty-First Century: A Panafrican Perspective by Olayiwola Abegunrin