As SA and Nigeria prepare for a presidential binational commission meeting expected to take place in SA next month, it is worth pondering the state of what should be Africa’s most strategic bilateral relationship, which continues to be characterised by competition and co-operation, as well as much mutual mistrust.

The two countries represent an eagle and a springbok. The eagle has a reputation of being able to soar high above stormy clouds, symbolising the resilience of Nigerians. Springboks are graceful gazelles that can subsist for long periods without water, characterising the similar toughness of South Africans. ..

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