Convocation Lecture for the 21st and 22nd Convocation of FUNAAB, June 20, 2014.
This topic was inspired by the implications of two milestones in recent history – the Centenary in January 2014 of the amalgamation of the Protectorates of Northern and Southern Nigeria to form the country, Nigeria (cf. Olukoju, 2014a), and the 90th birthday of Singapore‟s Founding Leader, the legendary Lee Kuan Yew (LKY), in September 2013. Those milestones are of great significance when reflecting on the contrasting fortunes of both countries in the second half of the twentieth century.1 As will be made clear in this lecture, the lack of leadership fired by economic nationalism in Nigeria contrasts sharply with the role of the two elements in Singapore, that jumped from Third to First World status in one generation. That Singapore is no isolated example is buttressed by two other examples from the Southern hemisphere – contemporary Qatar and Meiji Japan, which also followed the same trajectory of