Is Nigeria ready to lead the African Continent ?

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This question is based on this article from SwaliAfrica's Blog.
Nigeria currently holds the title for being the most populous nation in Africa. With an estimated 170 million people speaking 520 local dialects , the country boasts of its sheer size and cultural diversity.
On April 6, 2014, Nigeria emerged as the largest economy in Africa with a GDP of $594.257 billion surpassing South Africa by $253.041 billion. The Nation currently ranks as the 20th largest in terms of Purchasing Power Parity and is one of the fastest emerging markets in the world.
The Nigerian Movie Industry (Nollywood) is the second largest in the world in terms of annual film productions and output and is the second-largest employer in the country (according to a controversial report by UNESCO).
Internet usage in the country also grew between 2012 and 2015 from 48.4 million users to 81.4 million keeping her at number 1 in Africa.
But Yet
Nigeria has an estimated adult literacy rate of 56.9%. Transparency International ranked Nigeria as the 15th most corrupt country in the world in December 2014.
Terrorist insurgents such as the Boko Haram Islamic sect in the North and the militant coalition known as Movement for the Emancipation of the Niger Delta (MEND) in the southern region occasionally threaten the country’s peace and stability .
President Muhammadu Buhari who had previously lost 3 times, won the 2015 presidential elections which was an unprecedented step for democracy in the country and showed the new commitment to the democratic process.

Despite the country’s high economic metrics and indicators, over 50% of the country lives in poverty and there seem to be little to know improvement in living standards. Effective strides are currently being made to lighten the dark angles in the country’s path. Many say The Federal Republic of Nigeria has a zestful future. Others analyse the facts and predict its doom.

What do you think. Is Nigeria ready to lead the African Continent ? What  are your reasons

asked in Governance by SwaliAfrica Priest
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The issue of falling oil prices isnt covered here. I'll say Nigeria "WAS" positioned to lead Africa. But not any more. The dependence on oil has made the people lazy. Now Iran has jumped on the opportunity and is selling oil cheaper. And all this is ignoring the level of corruption. What kind of country depends on oil soely for its revenue in this times when othe countries a shifting away. If Nigeria doesnt change and diversify, its doomed.

Wale Akambi - Houston, Texas
answered by Wale Akambi  
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I am certain Nigeria has potential to lead Africa in many ways. The day Nigeria reaps the advantage of having petrolium and its perification 100% within Nigeria then it will be a huge step in the right direction. For a country to import petrol and diesel yet there is so much petrolium its a sin that needs working on. You can't imagine the endless products Nigeris can derive out of purifying petrolium. As for human resources its limiteless. It can become one of World powers instead. Having said that, religious confilicts are a challenge that I wonder how its gona be resolved. The very existance of Boka Haram is symbolic of religious conflict. Remember Biafra was as well religious conflict. I wish Nigeria and Nigerians well because their success is Africa's success
answered by Mzamo  
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In my Opinion, Nigeria exhibits massive potentials with a future brighter than any predictions and matrix of World Organisations. Everyday ground breaking Inventions and achievements keep been recorded, inspite the many challenges plaguing these breakthroughs; showing that what is written is written and nothing can stop the Manifestation of Nigeria as the Giant of Africa
answered by anonymous  
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I am just wondering if Africa really need a leading country, and if the answare in your opinionis is yes, what excatly the leading country is expected to do and to represent for the entire continent?
answered by Cristiano  
3A leading country doesnt mean the country leads the continent per se. It more like a position. Looking at Africa today any country that can successfully qualify definitely employed strategies that could be emulated.  e.g Look at Kagame of Rwanda or Magufuli of Tanzania and see the great things they are doing.
If not that both countries are small, they would be better positioned to be leading countries on the continent.
So word leading doesn't mean leading (as a leader) but instead a reference to the countries position on the continent. :)