Indian Influence on Nigeria’s Development: Challenges, Lessons and Possibilities

  • Joseph C. A. Agbakoba
Part of the International Political Economy Series book series (IPES)


This paper exams the relationships between colonial and post-colonial India and Nigeria before and after her independence from Britain, especially in the sphere of politics and economics, and contrasts these with the experiences and contexts of the Far East Asian countries. It sees Africa’s relationship with emerging Asian countries as structurally the same, especially in the field of the economy, but different and unique in the spheres of exchange of ideas and culture; and, that there are lessons regarding Nigeria’s, nay Africa’s, development possibilities theoretically and practically that could be gained. This paper focuses on these interactions, relations and exchanges and their impact, lessons and potentials. It argues that India had since the turn of the twentieth century been an exemplar for Nigeria in the spheres of politics and the economy in a number of ways, notably anti-colonialism, post-colonial identitarian politics and non-alignment, socialist or nativist illiberality, et cetera; and that this contrasts with the Far East’s developmentarian liberality in the sphere of the economy and relatively less identitarian politics with attendant results in terms of accomplishments in the fields of development.


Anti-colonial Development Identity India Nigeria 


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  • Joseph C. A. Agbakoba
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  1. 1.University of NigeriaNsukkaNigeria

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