How Nigeria Spent $61 Billion For Black South Africans To Fight Apartheid.

How Nigeria Spent $61 Billion For Black South Africans To Fight Apartheid.

In a rare show of brotherly love to South Africa, Nigerians made tremendous sacrifice contributing to the destruction of apartheid in South Africa.

Students in Nigeria skipped their lunch to make donations, and just in 6 months, in June 1977, the contribution to the Southern African Relief Fund (SARF) reached $10.5 million.

The donations to the SARF were widely known in Nigeria as the “Mandela tax”.

As a result of the fund’s work, a first group of 86 South African students arrived in Nigeria in 1976, following the disruption of the education system in South Africa.

It happened after the massacre of 700 students by the white police while the former were protesting against the decision by the apartheid regime to change their education language to Afrikaans.

Hundreds of South African students have benefited from the fund’s activity having come to study in Nigeria for free.

Beyond welcoming students and exiles, Nigeria had also welcomed many renowned South Africans like Thabo Mbeki (former South African president from 1999 to 2008).

He had spent 7 years in Nigeria, from 1977 to 1984, before he left to the ANC headquarters in Lusaka, Zambia.

Along with fellow African countries Nigeria lobbied for the creation of the United Nations Special Committee against Apartheid and chaired it for 30 years, longer than any other country.

Between 1973 and 1978, Nigeria contributed huge financial sum to the United Nations  Educational and Training Programme for Southern Africa, a voluntary trust fund promoting education of the black South African elite.

As for trade, Nigeria had refused to sell oil to South Africa for decades in protest against the white minority rule. Nigeria had lost approximately $41 billion during that period.

Above all, Nigeria was the only nation worldwide to set up the National Committee Against Apartheid (NACAP) as early as in 1960.

The committee’s mission was to disseminate the evils of the apartheid regime to all Nigerians from primary schools to universities, in public media and in markets, through posters and billboards messages.

The NACAP was also responsible for the coordination of Nigeria’s government and civil society joint anti-apartheid actions and advising of policy makers on anti-apartheid decisions.

For over three decades the NACAP had successfully built alliances with labor movement, student groups, progressive elements and other international grassroots organizations within Nigeria for effective anti-apartheid activities.

In fact, until 1960s, the ANC fight against the apartheid regime in South Africa was yielding very small results. The whole world was quite indifferent to the suffering of the black South Africans.

Moreover, western countries strongly supported the apartheid regime providing it with technologies, intelligence and favorable trade agreements.

Things started changing dramatically only after African countries became independent in the 1960s. Nigeria unequivocally took over leadership of the anti-apartheid movement worldwide.

Despite the volatile nature of Nigeria’s politics and the passage of numerous military and civil leaders, Nigeria never abandoned its unwavering commitment to the freedom of our brothers and sisters in South Africa.

From 1960 to 1995, Nigeria has alone spent over $61 billion to support the end of apartheid, more than any other country in the world, according to the South African Institute of International Affairs.

The country has never let go of any opportunity to denounce apartheid, from the boycott of Olympic Games and Commonwealth Games to the nationalization of British Petroleum assets in 1979.

Unfortunately, our brothers and sisters in South Africa have not been grateful to Nigeria.

When Mandela passed away in 2013, Nigeria’s president was not even given the opportunity to speak.

At the same time, the representatives of the United States. (U S) and the United Kingdom (U K) two countries supporting the apartheid regime, were in the spotlight.

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19 Comments

  1. Typha
    February 22, 19:02 Reply
    So are these Nigerians cuming to sell drugs nd abusing our young girls because they had helped us out of apartheid??? We cant be condoning wat they do in our country in exchange for that they had done back then.....Nigerians r filthy ..heartless drug lords that must b buried alive
    • Cartel
      February 26, 07:53 Reply
      I'm not surprised dat ure speaking from a deluded mindset. Do I remind u dat in ur country South Africa ur men are extremely lazy which has caused your women to opt in in marry most Nigerians because we are hardworking and we provide for our families, do I also remind u dat d same South Africans are heavy mongers in purchases of hard drugs, cocaine and marijuana, do I still remind u dat in ur country South Africa purchases of arms and gun is as cheap as buying chewing gum oh do I say I've a friend who bought a pistol for 350 Rands, and why are u hating on we Nigerians? To show how wicked u people are Nigeria have accommodated ur multimillionaire companies like MTN, Dstv, Shoprite etc.. Ripping us from our hard earn resources and u come here to spill rubbish. Have u forgotten dat the whites in ur country regulate and own 85% landmass of agricultural activities and also own 85% of South Africa wealth... And u turn ur backs and bit d hand that helped and fed u.. Ure a disgrace and very stupid. How I wish Nigerian government did help y'all silly ass from the white am sure by now u wud be mopping the floor of ur white masters... Grow up and sit ur ass down to solve ur problems... Don't take out ur aggressions on Nigerians because y'all can't stand as a man... Oh did I say man.. It is a shame to see u SA men allow ur wives to spoon feed u all... Step out of ur comfort zone and fend for ur families. And stop blabbing rubbish over d net. Morons
  2. Tee
    February 23, 08:27 Reply
    We highly appreciate the help from our Lovelly Nigerian government for contributing to fight the oppression our parents were experiencing,thank you for that.In new dispensation that we have as south Africans, we are not going to allow our south africans to have a new kind of oppression by some Nigerians citizens with enslaving our minds with drugs crime,prostitution of our young girls and all that kak419 scams,our leaders went to Nigeria for good reasons not to sell drugs and destroy Nigerians lives n futer,Nigeria helped us out of a good will,not to invest for their citizens to come and destroy South Africans as they doing now
  3. BM
    February 23, 10:36 Reply
    Because they helped SA does that give you right to destroy our nation,sell drugs to our youth,insult us at any opportunity you get,day by day I my hatred for Nigerians skyrocket, just because you help them doesn't give you right to do as you please, what I have realise is that you are a bully people with a big ego,you don't forget being the best and n the world,you sell drugs even in our Churchies,you do t have a remose,you really udermine SA man,you insult our police,you call us fools,lazy people,but hear me well you may think you know our history but you dont know our pain,you don't know the legacy of apartheid,the impact it has on SA man,if everything wrong happens to you you will have invited it,you have yourself to blame,as much as I know not all Nigerians are evil,I know a lot of my friends from Nigeria that are hunam and righteous, but some they think they are demigods,GOD is not mocked you shall reap what you sow,ther is a time and is coming where ther will be few nigerians in SA.the damage you have do to this nation is immeasurable,GOD will avenge the blood and death of our youth in your hands,the tears of parents who lost their children through this poisonous drugs you sold to their kids,GOD is not blind,he knows you will do anything to feed your children at the expence of our youth and country, I CRY BELOVETH SOUTH AFRICA,vengeance is the LORD JEHOVA SEBAOTH GOD of war.
  4. MB
    February 23, 10:42 Reply
    Because they helped SA does that give you right to destroy our nation,sell drugs to our youth,insult us at any opportunity you get,day by day I my hatred for Nigerians skyrocket, just because you help them doesn't give you right to do as you please, what I have realise is that you are a bully people with a big ego,you don't forget being the best and n the world,you sell drugs even in our Churchies,you do t have a remose,you really udermine SA man,you insult our police,you call us fools,lazy people,but hear me well you may think you know our history but you dont know our pain,you don't know the legacy of apartheid,the impact it has on SA man,if everything wrong happens to you you will have invited it,you have yourself to blame,as much as I know not all Nigerians are evil,I know a lot of my friends from Nigeria that are hunam and righteous, but some they think they are demigods,GOD is not mocked you shall reap what you sow,ther is a time and is coming where ther will be few nigerians in SA.the damage you have do to this nation is immeasurable,GOD will avenge the blood and death of our youth in your hands,the tears of parents who lost their children through this poisonous drugs you sold to their kids,GOD is not blind,he knows you will do anything to feed your children at the expence of our youth and country, I CRY BELOVETH SOUTH AFRICA,vengeance is the LORD JEHOVA SEBAOTH GOD of war.
  5. Jacob
    February 23, 12:22 Reply
    @Typha...you need psychiatric help. Wake and smell the coffee. the world does not owe you anything.
  6. Josh
    February 23, 13:04 Reply
    @Typha,Mokoena and the pathetic, bitter South African xenophobic brothers I am really sorry for you guys because the laws of karma must catch up with you or your children,or your childrens children.Truth be told your dislike for the Nigerian man has nothing to do with drug peddling...What some Nigerians actually do in the streets of S.A,is petty street drug peddling(I dont encourage it!!)your security forces know the real drug barons(so hold them to ransom or better still light them up for collecting bribes and flooding your country with narcos)these barons ship in your fixes in 40 foot containers and whether your xenophobic black asses like it or not,they aint Nigerians.It is not the occassional1kilo the Nigerian gets maybe once in 3months that feeds your insatiable junky-heads...common sense according to sen. Bruce will tell you that!..Your real problem with the Nigerian man is that he is an alpha male and by default makes you feel small and invisible no matter how hard you try,you guys hate our guts because we are genetically dominant! we Nigerians trounce you guys in all things,this sounds petty but it is true.things like with your women lol...we are prefered,football we dominate you,physically we are more manly,economically more resourceful,more determined,spiritually more cohesive,The Nigerian is a more family oriented father figure who stays to groom family,most of you South African men are spiritually and mentally weak and is never responsible for family always moving from one woman to another like a rolling stone leaving behind a dangerous generation of fatherless children that will run down and finally destroy the carcas the boer farmer left you guys.The hand writing is on the wall,you guys are setting your children up to be slaves to our children by your evil and negative mind sets,you run and leave their mothers,you are destroying the freedom Africa championed by Nigeria supported to give you,you are destroying the economy the farmer painstakingly built..You burn Nigerian churches?! remember what ever you do in life is a seed,it must germinate and multiply to you a harvest surely! And just to let you know,The urban South Africa you are chasing foreigners out of is the Boers creation,but look at what you've done to it in just a few years...One last thing I know you are dumb and dumber,but you will understand this one that the drug problem in SA is not a problem of supply or supplier or dealers or 'Nigerians',but that of DEMAND,you xenophobic assholes and your kids love drugs period!!Because WHERE THERE IS NO DEMAND,SUPPLY DRIES UP!!!So we Nigerians know the truth,we know why you refuse to renew our permits,why you choose to shut us out of the system and call us undesirables or undocumented..what does it take to put a name in the home affairs system?In closing let me school your xenophobic ass a little...whether you like it or not people will migrate,and if you are not a full blooded khoisan it means you are Bantu decendant which also means your fore fathers were bloody kwerekweres like the Nigerian,and they migrated originally from the west delta coast of Africa where Nigeria is located as we speak...Have you learnt something?
  7. Nedu
    February 24, 03:01 Reply
    No cause for alarm. There are South Africans in Nigeria, there are also South African Businesses in Nigeria. Let's see how far we go since it's okay to also attack innocent Nigerians in SA who have NO HANDS in drug business.
  8. Mambo Mathew
    February 24, 06:55 Reply
    Nigerians are no Angeles so is South Africans therefore taking sides is not an answer. Nobody wants more crime in their country if they already having their criminals, there are lots good Nigerians nationals in South Africa that are doing good business they are having no problems at the same time there are bad ones that are being deported from European countries because of selling drug and taking young girls put them in the streets to sell their bodies and they go to South Africa because it's still a Sleepy country and start the very same business that got them deported from European countries. Those particular groups of Nigerians if they go are unchecked they'll destroy your country like they did in their own country, that's why it's not livable for them. Would be wise for them to stay in their own country and do criminal activity there nobody will bother they than to export criminal activity to other countries. Nigerians they are not landless they've got their own country to do what ever they want but they choose to live their country and go destroy other countries it's not fair and shouldn't be allowed to happen in any country. I've got lots of great friends that are Nigerians just hard work men and women
  9. Eze
    February 24, 16:29 Reply
    South Africa owes so much respect for Nigeria. South Africa needs Nigeria as far as Nigeria needs her. I will not ask Nigeria to retaliate the attacks but from the comments of the high commissioner of South Africa in Nigeria; you have failed in dealing with the issue of securing your cities of criminals. So this is failure. Failure in governance. The earlier, you deal with it, the better. I do not see South Africa going to anywhere in global issues without Nigeria. Let them go. We are watching.
  10. DAO
    February 24, 22:30 Reply
    Such ungratefulness can only come from people wrapped up in their own world, caught up in their own self centredness so [...] much so that they are quite incapable of being indebted to anyone else.
  11. Djoe
    February 25, 05:29 Reply
    The Nigeria Government should impose sanctions on South Africa for its inability to control Xenophobic attacks on Nigerians. The South African Government should know that once these foreigners leave their Countries and the economy is no longer booming, the elites and political class will be next in line so such savage attacks. Thereafter, South Africa becomes State of nature where the Stronger Class oppress the Weaker Class.
  12. Abugold
    February 25, 16:43 Reply
    Most of the South Africans here who commented are such a disgrace to mankind and Africa, a jealous animal who put the blame of his laziness and failures on other people, Nigeria is a great country and have helped you gain freedom from white supremacy government who ruled you for Dunkin years, you guys need to work hard and be independent like Nigerians who you envy, our government maybe bad but individuals hard working Nigerians are self sufficient. Jealous morons, barbaric entities, Stupid animals race like Zulus, I have never seen before. Disgusting set of illiterates who take pleasure in killing innocent hard working Nigerians. Shame on you racist South Africans
  13. ivy
    February 25, 19:24 Reply
    What south Africans are doing now is barbaric dey re heart you can't take law into your hand, there are lot of hardworking men and women that re being slaughter daily in south africa so wat justification do u give to that!
  14. mickey
    February 26, 14:12 Reply
    Mambo Matthew you are a big fool,when have we killed people living in Nigeria not only south Africans,when did south Africa gained independent what was Nigerian role in it,if you don't know what to say shut up.
  15. Truth is bitter
    February 27, 21:15 Reply
    Everyone is taking about Nigerians selling drugs ,but ignoring how the drugs get into the country! Who are the men and women manning all SA borders?? Are they Nigerians also ?? It's either some pple are negligent or complicit - When people can't hold their horse,they tend to blame someone else... let the govt be serious and aggresively block the inflow from border- land, air and sea ! Criminalise both selling/consumption of drugs , and you will see positive results
  16. Teballo R Motsweni
    February 28, 08:01 Reply
    It is so interesting you read all the views and comments in this topic... my take is all people that took time to read and comment are most educated and leaving a comfortable life style. As a South African. I do not share a view or condone the violence that we are currently experiencing in the name foreign national taking our job. If we were to do research about people that are involved in this horror. Most they are not educated, "NO matric" and Most with criminal offences. They don't have conscious and they don't Know God. In my view. Education play a vital role in helping people understanding the basic of humanity. I.e Big city . Where lsm is high there is no segregation between colour and race coz everyone is minding their own business. People that are lazy to hustle for employment they are the once that always want easy income. To all this strikes. Numbers of wholesale stores we lutted regardless of who is the owner. This is the act of criminality. We amongst others South Africans that understands the importance of trade relationship between countries. We really sympathize with affected foreign nationals that are affected in this. We need to help this people understand the importance part of having morals and respecting each other, regardless of Colour, race and Gender. God Bless South Africa with all people living in it.
  17. Wey
    March 03, 06:41 Reply
    when a people fail to understand the basic principle of success failure becomes a companion. success isn't magic if so the magician would have have had it all. we use first diagnose before attempting to make a prescription. it's evidently obvious that our abrothers,the black South Africans of an above average figure are suffering from Unconsciously induced aparthy. their fathers,mothers and Africans collectively fought out apathy ,they won the campaign but lost the war. their minds are in chains,successive administrations have failed to put programs in place to address the mental devaluation of apathy. it's is has become part of their genetics to be irrational in their reason if they ever do and believe without question the messages of their political leaders. a large percentage of this black South African can't manage themselves how much more manage business. I see no change soonest until their politician and those that wheel the political mechinary are held accountable for their laxity to act. please! it is my kindest advice that you emancipate your minds from apathy by humbling yourselves to learn from those who are superior to you. the Nigerians and other i'mmigrant you see posses what you don't, that's the will to succeed. A wise man will hear and increase in wisdom. one love.
  18. Austin
    August 26, 08:02 Reply
    Those South African blacks are suppose to be in the zoo, no wonder the whites are still treating them like dogs, Sure I know that one day the whites will take over power in south Africa again

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