NIGERIA IN “3D”   17 comments

Nigeria’s glorious potential and promising future can be cast in 3D. “3D” means “having a three-dimensional form or appearance.” From its 3D standing, Nigeria, arguably, has the most unique geographical position on planet earth! Nigeria is the gateway into West Africa; the ‘trigger’ of Africa and she is literally at the centre of the world!

Nigeria as the Gateway into West Africa
African countries have been comprehensively divided into five regions viz. the four cardinal compass points of North, South, East and West, plus the interjecting Centre. To move, unbiased, in the direction of any of the four compass points (sub-regions), one would certainly have to begin from the centre – reflecting the concept of the centre as the hold. In our present case, to move into West Africa from a vantage point in Central Africa, being Cameroon, you must of necessity pass through Nigeria!

In a March 2009 interview, Nigeria’s High Commissioner to Cameroon, Philip Ali Dauda, said “In five or ten years [Nigeria and Cameroon] will form the bridge between the West African sub-region and the Central African sub-region. Once you have free flow of trade and citizens, the interaction builds very fast. Hence, there will be commonality between the Central and West African regions [which] will impact positively on the rest of Africa. From West Africa, one can easily find expansion towards North Africa. From Central Africa, one will find expansion towards East Africa then towards Southern Africa…”

Nigeria as the Trigger of Africa
To better appreciate this fact, I need the reader to do me a mental favour: Look up a map of Africa and tilt it to the left so that the southern tip (South Africa) faces forward. When you do that, you’ll realise that the map of Africa appears exactly like a short gun. In that wise, when we consider the angle at which the trigger will be placed, we’ll agree that that should be somewhere around the Democratic Republic of Congo’s western border. Now, here’s the big deal with regard to Nigeria: In reality, a trigger is “a device that activates, releases or causes something to happen” or precisely, “[the] lever that activates the firing mechanism of a gun.” Therefore, it is the pulling of the trigger that actually makes it useful! If you pull the trigger on our map of Africa, symbolically represented as a short gun, it will rest squarely against Nigeria!

Indeed, time and again, Nigeria has demonstrated in very many ways, surpassing rivals, its capacity to be the trigger that will ‘shoot’ Africa’s long desired political and socio-economic emancipation into being. I must make the case that one reason why Nigeria is more favourably inclined to clinching an African UN Security Council permanent seat, especially if it will be only one, as opposed to her two most potent opponents of Egypt and South Africa, is majorly her strategic positioning on the map which has given her an edge to be more active in peacekeeping missions continent-wide as against the others who are at either end of the same (North and South, respectively).

Nigeria as the Centre of the World
To be honest, I first gleaned an understanding that Nigeria is at the centre of the world from Dele Momodu! In his 2011 presidential campaigns, Momodu touted an illustration that Nigeria is, and rightly so, geographically speaking, at the centre of the world! As someone who is so much in love with Nigeria, I followed Momodu’s lecture by checking the Equator and the GMT line and discovered that Nigeria is technically interfaced at the angle between them – possessing the largest chunk of the territorial waters within the same. Dele Momodu’s case was that Nigeria can capitalise on that and position herself to be a major commodities and stock market with the understanding and advantage that she is no more than a couple of hours and a few thousand kilometres from all the major world markets, be they the developed or the emerging ones. I concur and add that another significance of Nigeria’s symbolic centralised position on the planet is that we stand the chance to build a nation that will not only play a major and central role in shaping the affairs of men in the next decades and centuries but that can indeed become the centre of attraction for all mankind!

In all, it is evident from the foregoing that, present challenges notwithstanding, Nigeria is another wonder of the world waiting to manifest its glory! Come to think of it, no other country in the world is as strategically positioned as Nigeria is! Nigeria is the gateway into its sub-region. It is the ‘trigger’ to its continent and it is at the centre of the world! What can beat that?

GOD bless Nigeria!

Raymond is on Twitter @Raymond_Eyo


17 responses to “NIGERIA IN “3D”

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  1. Thank you for reaffirming what we have always known to be the truth. Nigeria indeed a revelation waiting to be uncovered.

  2. A very intelligent piece from my brother . A true and a passionate Nigerian.

  3. Good findings and write up. I need to do some research to back your finding.

  4. Short & insightful!!!

  5. Well i see this is true .There are many findings that still need to be done to uncover Nigeria .This should be just one of them .

    Betrand Njibamum
  6. This is a good observation of Nigeria as been in 3Ds . We should be proud of that . At least we have all the qualities needed .

    Isah Haruna Ardido
  7. This indeed is a three dimensional view of the Nigerian entity. The perspective is stimulating, the concept is refreshing and the delivery is concise and brilliant. Well done Sir, this gives hope to the faint-hearted that indeed the Giant shall rise again.


    • That’s right, James. Our generation will rise to the occasion. We can’t afford to fail! We need understanding like that which I’ve written about here to inspire us in that regard!

  9. Great piece. So help us God. Amen

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