Harvard University uses Nigeria as a case study of a failed African country

Nigeria has yet again been ‘disgraced’ internationally, following an assignment Harvard University gave to its students in which Nigeria was used as a case study of a failed African country.

Harvard University uses Nigeria as a case study of a failed African country lailasnews

The question Harvard University gave its students reads;

Africa is growing. Seven of the the ten fastest growing economies in the world are in Africa, and the continent’s largest economies are becoming less dependent on extractive commodities. The continent’s rising middle class has demonstrated a taste for consumer goods and technological innovation, and Africa’s population-currently more than a billion people- is booming and overwhelmingly young at a time when populations in other regions are shrinking and aging.

Nigeria, sub-saharan Africa’s largest economy, epitomizes both the promise and the problems the continent faces in the 21st century. The contry had failed to thrive for its first thirty years as an independent nation, despite having a developmental head start relative to countries like China and India, as well as hundreds of billions of dollars in oil revenue.. Now, after pathbreaking reforms followed by signs of retrenchment, Nigeria’s new President faced both vast opportunity and grave challenges. Would the country flourish or founder in this new era? We will analyze key reforms in Nigeria’s economy, significant political developments, and the choices facing the country’s fast-growing private sector.

  1. Why did Nigeria fail to thrive between 1960 and 1999, particularly relative to China and India?

  2. How would you characterize former President Obasanjo’s legacy?

  3. Are you bullish or bearish on the next fifteen years for Nigeria? What would make you change your mind? What opportunities do you see? What are the challenges (and risks)

Harvard University uses Nigeria as a case study of a failed African country lailasnews


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  1. This is what our leaders should be addressing. See this through and see if Nigerian youths are lazy. Ana ako eri

  2. This is how U guys always quote out of context, I’m seeing this as a challenge to our leaders to do more . Shikena

    • Thanks Chukar!
      There is nothing shameful about the study. They acknowledge that the Country has been taking steps and moving forward.
      It’s Laila and others like him/her that need to get some education!

  3. This is embarassing, hope this would be a call to awake our leaders wbo has brought us this shame. Those of us in diaspora are working our ass off trying to sustain our families back home. If not for bad leadership, I should have been here.

  4. It is disgusting to use a great nation like Nigeria as a case study of this sort.our older genertion (leaders) have lead to this mess.It now behove on younger generation to rise to the challenges to make the wrong right.

  5. That’s what distinguishes Harvard’s curriculum; our own institutions will asking students to define terms and concepts. Nigerians should be happy that anybody cares to examine the country. A wise man once said that the unexamined life isn’t worth living.

  6. I believe this is a mere student assignment let them answer it for their course.
    And i suspect that the individual who started this topic may Just be hoping to be given the answer.

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