By Olayiwola Abegunrin

In this twenty-first century, Africa has turn into a big resource of the United States’ strength imports and the world's typical assets. It has additionally turn into the epicenter of the world’s lethal future health epidemic, HIV/AIDS, and one of many battlegrounds within the struggle opposed to terrorism. With Nigeria and South Africa top the continent, Africa has turn into a big participant to be reckoned with within the international affairs.

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In a similar manner, the Nigerian press echoed the sentiments of the Nigerian government and people against apartheid policy. Following Nigeria’s independence and subsequent membership of the United Nations, Nigeria occupied a central role in the decolonization of Africa, especially the struggle against racist apartheid regime in South Africa. Initially Nigeria adopted a conservative and conciliatory approach to the racial issue in Southern Africa. For instance, Prime Minister Balewa rejected bluntly many proposals for Nigeria to support revolutionary actions against the apartheid system, but rather preferred a conciliatory approach to the apartheid issue.

74 All these developments have ultimately proved to be a significant watershed for bilateral relations between Nigeria and South Africa in the new millennium. The New Millennium and Global Challenges Facing Nigeria and South Africa The emergent global system and unfolding globalization poses concrete challenges to all countries and all regions of the world. However, Nigeria’s post-apartheid policy and relations with the New South Africa must be reoriented to changing global realities. We are now living in an interdependent world in which the old paradigms that consistently governed interstate and multilateral relations are gradually and systematically being dismantled and new approaches are emerging with the new global economy.

After that, there was no looking back. The company, the Dutch government, and the free Dutch (Boers or farmers) community in the Cape colony all became dependent on slave labor. 17 The holding of slaves by the Boers created a master-servant relationship between blacks and whites. Consequently, racial discrimination became the bedrock of all interactions. The whites made no pretence of their hostility toward the rightful and legal owners of the land as they outlawed any mixing between blacks and whites.

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