Is Nigeria a Soft Power State?

Is Nigeria a Soft Power State?

Author: 
Tella, Oluwaseun
Place: 
Oxon
Publisher: 
Taylor and Francis
Date published: 
2018
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Journal Title: 
Social Dynamics
Source: 
Social Dynamics Vol 44 No 2 July 2018 pp 376-394
Abstract: 

The increasing relevance given to soft power by Western and Chinese academics and more importantly their public officials has prompted some African scholars to examine the utility of soft power in the African context. Whilst the literature on South African foreign policy and regional powerhood has paid attention to this issue in recent years, there are few studies on Nigeria's soft power. Against this backdrop, this article examines whether or not Nigeria is a soft power state. It argues that whilst the country possesses remarkable soft power resources, particularly in Africa, this has not been optimally deployed to achieve the desired outcomes. The article highlights the constraints to Nigeria's soft power capacity and concludes that Nigeria is at best a potential soft power state. It therefore, urges public officials to pay more attention to the utility of soft power in their foreign policy process and challenges Nigerian academics to take a cue from their counterparts abroad and begin to engage their country's soft power.

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Friday, November 16, 2018