African Journal of
History and Culture

  • Abbreviation: Afr. J. Hist. Cult.
  • Language: English
  • ISSN: 2141-6672
  • DOI: 10.5897/AJHC
  • Start Year: 2009
  • Published Articles: 187


Nigeria - United States of America (USA) bilateral ties in historical perspective

Modupeolu M. Faseke
  • Modupeolu M. Faseke
  • Department of History and International Studies, Faculty of Arts, Lagos State University, Ojo, Lagos, Nigeria.
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  •  Received: 26 April 2021
  •  Published: 31 January 2021


This work is the analysis of the bilateral relationship between Nigeria and the United States of America (USA) between 1960 and 2016. It carries-out a historical and systemic analysis of the relationship between the two countries in the cold war and post-cold war period. By using the qualitative research methodology, and a narrative and descriptive style, the work shows how both countries leveraged on this relationship to advance their different foreign policy interests. The use of the qualitative research methodology necessitates extensive and comprehensive collation, organization and interpretation of secondary materials such as textbooks and academic journals. This enables the work to discover that political, economic and social issues defined the relationship between the two from 1960 to 2016. In its conclusion, the paper shows that the bilateral ties, though sometimes acrimonious and conflictual, were to the mutual benefits of the two countries.


Key words: Nigeria, United States, bilateral relations, economic ties, foreign policy.