Follow CAP on Social Media

Listen to the CAP Podcast

Nigeria’s China Moment

Chinese President Xi Jinping attends a signing ceremony with Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari (not pictured) at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing on April 12, 2016. Muhammadu Buhari is on a visit to China from April 11 to 15. KENZABURO FUKUHARA / POOL / AFP

The current anti-Chinese sentiment in Nigeria is a fascinating sign of the times, but I’m a it baffled about what it signals. I don’t know enough about Nigerian society to be able to unpack it in detail. However, it seems like a symptom that China’s narrative of south-south development solidarity may be falling apart.

Whatever battles one might pick with the pervasive misinformation in the country’s coverage of Chinese lending, the wider implication is clear: the story of ‘us against the global north’ China was able to tell in Africa in the past appears to be losing its power. Instead, the debate seems to indicate a shift towards grappling with what a new global landscape shaped by a Chinese superpower will look like.

  • Get a daily email packed with the latest China-Africa news and analysis.
  • Read exclusive insights on the key trends shaping China-Africa relations.
  • Full access to the News Feed that provides daily updates on Chinese engagement in Africa and throughout the Global South.

China, Africa and the Global South... find out what’s happening.

Subscribe today for unlimited access.

What is The China-Africa Project?

Independent

The CAP is passionately independent, non-partisan and does not advocate for any country, company or culture.

News

A carefully curated selection of the day’s most important China-Africa stories. Updated 24 hours a day by human editors. No bots, no algorithms.

Analysis

Diverse, often unconventional insights from scholars, analysts, journalist and a variety of stakeholders in the China-Africa discourse.

Networking

A unique professional network of China-Africa scholars, analysts, journalists and other practioners from around the world.