BEYOND LA FRANCOPHONIE

NIGERIA AND THE QUEST FOR HEGEMONY IN WEST AFRICA

  • Olusesan Osunkoya Tai Solarin University of Education, Ijagun, Ogun State, Nigeria
  • Adeniyi Basiru University of Lagos, Akoka-Yaba, Lagos, Nigeria
  • Martins Arogundade Lagos State Polytechnic, Ikorodu, Lagos, Nigeria
Keywords: la francophonie, engagement with the society, hegemonic aspiration

Abstract

Of the many factors that have undercut Nigeria’s quest for hegemony in the West African sub-region since the 1960s, one which has been over-celebrated by scholars of Nigerian foreign policy, and even touted as the core underwriter of the hegemonic struggles between the Nigeria and France in literature, is ‘la  francophonie’. This article, drawing from documentary sources, adopts a fresh perspective and challenges this view and argues that, beyond la francophonie, Nigeria’s failure to project its hegemony in West Africa lay in its incapacity to build its hegemony from the domestic society. It concludes and recommends that if Nigeria must fulfil its hegemonic aspiration, in West Africa, in the 21st century, it must strengthen its engagement with the society.

Author Biographies

Olusesan Osunkoya, Tai Solarin University of Education, Ijagun, Ogun State, Nigeria

Department of History and Diplomatic Studies

Adeniyi Basiru, University of Lagos, Akoka-Yaba, Lagos, Nigeria

Department of Political Science

Martins Arogundade, Lagos State Polytechnic, Ikorodu, Lagos, Nigeria

Department of General Studies

Published
2019-03-13
How to Cite
Osunkoya, O., Basiru, A., & Arogundade, M. (2019). BEYOND LA FRANCOPHONIE. Social Science Research, 4(1). Retrieved from https://journals.aphriapub.com/index.php/SSR/article/view/720
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Articles