Muritala Dauda



Nigeria is endowed with numerous natural and human resources in which the country has utilized such for the betterment of Africa. Nigeria’s leadership role towards achieving stability and development in Africa cannot be overemphasized. This has canvassed for Nigeria’s big brother commitment in Africa. The country is mostly referred to as the giant of Africa, this is not only attributed to its population size, but also in the area of human and material resources. The possession of natural resources, particularly the crude oil has assisted Nigeria’s economy in the global markets which invariably made the country one of the reckoning points when determining the production of oil at the international markets. This has equally empowered Nigeria to contribute more to the Africa’s stability and development. These prominent role and contribution of Nigeria to Africa qualifies it more to be a regional hegemon among other contenders in the continent. The study makes use of trait theory of leadership and hegemonic stability theory to appraise Nigeria’s role and contribution in Africa as an essential tool for the country to assume regional hegemon in the continent. This study therefore is a qualitative in nature that employs the use of secondary source of data to appraise Nigeria’s function and leading role in Africa as a tool to assume a regional hegemon in the continent.

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