African Journal of
Political Science and International Relations

  • Abbreviation: Afr. J. Pol. Sci. Int. Relat.
  • Language: English
  • ISSN: 1996-0832
  • DOI: 10.5897/AJPSIR
  • Start Year: 2007
  • Published Articles: 382

Full Length Research Paper

Understanding the crisis of development in Africa: Reflections on Bedford Umez’s analysis

M. Alumona Ikenna    
Department of Political Science, Anambra State University, Igbariam Campus, Anambra State, Nigeria. 
Email: [email protected]

  •  Accepted: 19 August 2009
  •  Published: 30 September 2009


Despite the presence of huge mineral and human resources found in Africa, the continent has remained a victim of underdevelopment. This has prompted several efforts by scholars, African leaders and the international development agencies to understand and solve the development crisis. This paper is a review of Bedford Umez’s analysis of the development crisis in Nigeria. The paper exposed the implications of Umez’s analysis bearing in mind the realities of the Nigerian environment. The paper concludes that simple as they could appear to be, the policy prescriptions suggested by Umez are worthy of attention since they will help in solving the crisis of development in Nigeria.


Key words: Development, underdevelopment, politics, Umez, Nigeria and Africa.