June 30th, 2011
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(CNN) -  Good news for Nigeria. A wake-up call for South Africa.

That’s my “take-home message” from the headlines emerging from a new Morgan Stanley report, which predicts Nigeria’s economy will overtake South Africa’s as Africa’s largest by 2025.

High oil prices, the “decisive” election of President Goodluck Jonathan and buoyant consumer spending will all push Nigeria’s economy into the front in the next 15 years, says the Morgan Stanley survey.

Critics in South Africa say they are not concerned about the prospect of the country losing its spot as the largest economy on the continent.

Economists brush off this latest report by saying that the Morgan Stanley projections are based on economic models that are contingent on factors that might or might not impact the Nigerian economy.

Whatever the eventual outcome in 2025, the report serves as another sage reminder to Nigerians to manage their oil wealth cleverly ­by pouring investments into infrastructure and making sure that government polices and regulations stimulate growth in the sector.

Of course, oil remains about 80% of Nigeria’s GDP and experts say that is just too much. The country needs to diversify as it strides ahead in the coming decades.

South Africa’s economy is, of course, healthily diversified and not reliant on the variables of oil prices.

However, for Africa’s biggest economy to maintain its lead over its West African competitor, South Africa has to invest and upgrade its education system. Over and over again, the point cannot be understated: For all South Africa’s promise, the country’s future growth is reliant on the next generation of managers, workers and business leaders.

For now, South Africa is failing to educate its youngsters to steer the country’s economy into 2025 and beyond.

The seriousness of the problem was reinforced on the same day the Morgan Stanley report was publicized.

The results of another survey ­- an annual assessment of the country’s literacy and numeracy levels – were confirmed by South Africa's Department of Education.

Both reports made headlines on the front pages of some of the country’s newspapers. The implications of both stories lying side-by-side in print was a stark reminder of the challenges that lie ahead.

The South African education assessment - which a teacher’s union apparently dubbed “dismal” and “sobering” – was a shocking assessment of the level of literacy and numeracy in the country’s primary schools.

Backed up by other international studies, this report confirmed that South Africa’s young school goers are among the worst-performing students in the world. As one outraged newspaper reported, most nine and 12 year olds “can’t count and can’t understand what they were supposed to have been taught.” This is despite a significant financial investment in education by the South African state.

Looking 15 or 20 years ahead, there are critical and immediate choices that need to be made by Nigeria and South Africa. Africa’s powerhouses both need to nurture and protect their country’s most precious resources.

No one wins in the end if South Africa’s children are unemployable when they finish school.

No one wins in the final reckoning if Nigeria squanders its oil wealth on corruption and bad management.

The whole continent can be uplifted if these two countries stride ahead together, and smartly, in the decades to come.



soundoff (206 Responses)
  1. acha christian

    i know that all what the president ha said is true. and that will happen even before that tin he said. love the words of the president. i know he wikll take nigeria to a higher level not in the case of cameroon. we steel need over 25years to go and with no hopes of gating to the level that nigeria will be

    June 30, 2011 at 2:47 pm |
  2. ajonwa

    Oil does not account for 80% of Nigeria GDP rather 80% percent of government revenues. Oil share of Nigeria's GDP is less than 20%. Check your stats.

    June 30, 2011 at 3:03 pm |
  3. AKINDE AKINYEMI

    can,t wait for that to happn,but will still take long time

    June 30, 2011 at 6:37 pm |
  4. PAM , STEPHEN

    IT IS GOING TO BE A WELCOMED DEVELOPMENT AND IF THE WARMS OF CORRUPTION IN US "NIGERIAN'S" IS OUT OF US. WE ALL WAIT FOR THAT YEAR TO COME.COME SOON 2025

    June 30, 2011 at 6:47 pm |
  5. Youpele Michael

    speechless.

    June 30, 2011 at 8:36 pm |
  6. Abdallah Mohammed

    great article, indeed the clear fact

    June 30, 2011 at 9:21 pm |
  7. suns25

    the part of oil in Gdp of Nigeria is of 15% and not 80%.

    June 30, 2011 at 9:59 pm |
  8. suns25

    this is the Budget who is of 80% of oil.

    June 30, 2011 at 10:02 pm |
  9. ahmed mohammad

    Wrong projections, as I write this have not had electricity for 3 days. What will we use to power our economy?

    June 30, 2011 at 11:40 pm |
  10. Osemmy

    Wow! This is really gonna be exciting if my country takes over. Keep the pressure up ebele goodluck jonathan.

    June 30, 2011 at 11:42 pm |
  11. Alex Strougler

    It looks like countries that have oil are the only ones that can achieve real growth, other than that the BRICS are going to prosper, SA is down and out due to political reasons (which are very similar to Zimbabwe).

    Lets wait for WW3, after that we know 1/2 the worlds population shall perish, what nation shall then be the greatest economic power, will China still be at the top, shall they not lose their export market, will their GDP not go down.

    June 30, 2011 at 11:47 pm |
  12. KOLA AFOLABI

    IMPERIALISM PROPAGANDA TO MAKE THEIR PUPET PRESIDENT OF NIGERIA LOOK LIKE HERO.RISE IN OIL PRICE IS A LAZY ECONOMIC.LET AFRICA BUILD HUMAN POWER TECHNOLOGY AND SCIENCE THROUGH THEIR CULTURA HERITAGE LIKE CHAINESE..KOREANS AND JAPAN DID..WAKE UP AFRICA ENOUGH OF DEPEND ON NATURAL MINERALS.WHAT IF WE DONT HAVE MINERALS AGAIN WE ALL DIE?

    THE GUY HELP THEM IN IVORY COAST NOW THEY NEED HIS HELP IN LIBYA AGAIN IN LIBYA..NO WE CAN NOT FALL ON THIS AGAIN..I BET YOU AFTER ALL THEIR AGENDAS WORK OUT THEY WILL ABADONE HIM..
    White Lies! Can somebody help tell them we do not listen to their media or Pay attention to their lies on their "tell lie vision"? Fucking fools!!!

    July 1, 2011 at 12:32 pm |
  13. KOLA AFOLABI

    IMPERIALISM PROPAGANDA TO MAKE THEIR PUPET PRESIDENT OF NIGERIA LOOK LIKE HERO.RISE IN OIL PRICE IS A LAZY ECONOMIC.LET AFRICA BUILD HUMAN POWER TECHNOLOGY AND SCIENCE THROUGH THEIR CULTURA HERITAGE LIKE CHAINESE..KOREANS AND JAPAN DID..WAKE UP AFRICA ENOUGH OF DEPEND ON NATURAL MINERALS.WHAT IF WE DONT HAVE MINERALS AGAIN WE ALL DIE?

    THE GUY HELP THEM IN IVORY COAST NOW THEY NEED HIS HELP IN LIBYA AGAIN ..NO WE CAN NOT FALL ON THIS AGAIN..I BET YOU AFTER ALL THEIR AGENDAS WORK OUT THEY WILL ABADONE HIM..
    White Lies! Can somebody help tell them we do not listen to their media or Pay attention to their lies on their "tell lie vision"? Fucking fools!!!

    July 1, 2011 at 12:34 pm |
  14. KOLA AFOLABI

    Nigeria can not and would never be able to overtake South Afrika. Its all lies to keep you feeling big while they are belittle-ing you and sucking you dry. If Afrika(Nigeria youths) fell to this deceptions in 15years time you would be worst than Somalia or Liberia. I am telling this fact, if you like come and bet it with me(meet me at Paddy Power).

    July 1, 2011 at 12:36 pm |
  15. ayobab

    Very great indeed, let not they decieve us, we know whom we are.

    July 1, 2011 at 3:42 pm |
  16. Mano

    I can't see that happening, the ongoing corruption problem in Nigeria was not taken into account.

    July 1, 2011 at 4:37 pm |
  17. Chibuike Onye

    This can only happen if the virus of corruption which has eaten deep into governance is eradicated.The only solution to eradicate the virus is massive revolution which is eminent as people are groaning badly everyday.

    July 1, 2011 at 6:02 pm |
  18. Muktar Dodo

    I dont see how thats possible in a nation whose power supply keeps plunging and its industries keep closing up. A nation where the leaders dont seem to have an idea of what their priorities should be. Nigeria has the potential to overtake south Africa but thats only when we have a plan to succeed.

    July 1, 2011 at 6:09 pm |
  19. ini inyang

    I strongly blieve mine country nigeria Cǎ̜̣̍ŋ attain that if †ђξ current government Cǎ̜̣̍ŋ βε̲ serious about Ȋ̝̊̅t...nigeria will get there

    July 1, 2011 at 6:51 pm |
  20. kesiena

    The WESTERN GOERNMENT should stop this MOCKERY we are not blind, we are aware of the ECONOMIC situation that NIGERIA is in, with no constant power supply insight for the next 20yrs or so, infrastractures that are suppose to make Nigeria an ECONOMIC POWER are in a state of comatose, CORRUPTION is the order of the day so CNN tell me, WAS THIS HOW THE UNITED STATE OF AMERICA BECAME LARGEST ECONOMIC POWER AND EVENTUALLY A SUPPER POWER. I hope

    July 1, 2011 at 6:55 pm |
  21. Edo N'imose

    Well, this by no means call for any form of celebration. The caption is in itself misleading as the contents of the report clearly hold the probability of achieving the goal as dependent on varying, unpredictable outcomes. I agree with the conclusion though, it is a sobering reality the contemporary situation, not just in these two African giants, but for a significant number of the countries in Sub Saharan Africa. There is dire need for quality responsible leadership that will instill the principles of good governance, transparency and accountability on the African society. No one wins when anyone fails, but we can all win together. It's not just an African thing, it's a global challenge. International policies has to be justified on the basis of the commonality of humanity. The inherent contradictions in the system borne of selfish economic and political policies need be addressed. It is high time that the peoples of the world, from Greece to Portugal, Libya to Egypt, Bahrain to Iran, Palestine to Australia, China to America cease from being the sacrifice on the alter of bias and double standards...

    July 1, 2011 at 7:55 pm |
  22. okere clinton

    i pray that with God own intervetion it will happen

    July 1, 2011 at 8:38 pm |
  23. André

    How many times South Africa's population is needed to "overtake" the economy It would be much more appropriate to refer to "per capita economy". Then besides for breeding better, there's no chance of overtaking..

    July 1, 2011 at 11:07 pm |
  24. Zebina

    Those lousy people of investment banking, when they want to launch another round of government support scam or call it ponzi scheme, they always publish nonsense report...who in his right mind, African born and bred could ever think that Nigeria will takeover SA?
    -have you ever been to Nigeria? Lagos isn't Nigeria please
    -have you ever lived in Nigeria? once again, Lagos isn't Nigeria
    -have you ever been to SA?
    -have you ever lived in SA?
    -have you ever been to Cairo?
    People using Purchasing Power Parity to determine which country will be what in the future should do themselves a good job living in those countries before writing nonsenses all across the web...anyway it's a ponzi scheme on the making, who cares?

    July 2, 2011 at 12:02 am |
  25. Joseph Chuks

    Nigeria has the capacity to not just overtake SA in the race of the nations to better development prospects but to consolidate behind India as a technology powerhouse for Africa and Beyond. Mexico lost it's position to Brasil a few years ago. Brasilians did'nt believe it will ever happen. The factors that are holding back Nigeria are correctible. The Nigerian presidency should visit the world and learn, clean the house and remove greedy people from his staff and bring in advisors from around the world, both nigerians and non nigerias alike to push up the agenda.

    July 2, 2011 at 12:57 am |
  26. Maurice Ekpong

    The evidence is in! Nigeria is finally on the right track! There are no persons across the continent as enterprising or resillient as the Nigerians. It will happen before 2025!

    July 2, 2011 at 2:15 am |
  27. Fem Anvate

    Africas biggest economy is not an award or medal. Who cares who owns the title, as long as life gets better for everyone on the continent.

    July 2, 2011 at 5:58 am |
  28. Agege Bread

    Nigeria overtaking South Africa as Africa's largest economy? Utter rubbish.....utter nonsense....complete daydreaming...

    Nigeria and Nigerians collective inability to conduct an honest business transaction?
    Nigeria's endemic and chronic corruption (which has become part of the national psychological mindset)?
    Nigerians inability to cure their unique disease of 'get rich quick and no hard work' ?
    Nigerians crooked mentality which means even 'the very few (yes very few considering a population of 120plus million)honest' Nigerian businessmen are usually lumped together as one with rogues and villains?
    Nigeria's culture of breeding, producing, and voting into power corrupt politicians who are mainly interested in enriching themselves at the expense of the poor masses?
    Added to this is a primitive and backward belief in witchcraft (the storyline and plot of every Nollywood movie...lol),
    I'm sorry folks, we can shout as loud we like, but this is not the way to develop a proper economy. We need to have the right ingredients and I'm afraid Nigeria is still far away.

    Nigeria can easily catch up but are Nigerians prepared to give up fraud, 419 scams, deveption, forgeries and the like and do an honest day's work?

    It may sound harsh but Nigeria is far away. Please don't give me wahala with this silly report now

    July 2, 2011 at 6:17 am |
  29. Obitte Benneth

    Overtaking SA is a great possibility if and only if corruption is dealt with. A great number of doctors manning SA hospitals are Nigerians. We just need to get it right down home. Corruption has to be expunged.

    July 2, 2011 at 10:16 am |
  30. Franckie

    This is interesting. Is this Nigerian growth going to be powered by diesel generators? The 49 million South Africans are already building new power plants that will add another 7000MW to their 45 000+ generation capacity within the next three years. The 160 million Nigerians on the other hand are still 'planning' to add 6000MW to their current 3000MW. Imagine that even with the availability of 45 000MW South Africa is still struggling to meet her electricity needs! I am afraid Nigeria still has a lot to do! May be all Nigeria has to do is increase crude oil production to 6 million BPD and they will be number one! In the long run, however, Nigeria will be the biggest economy in Africa because of her huge population. Afterall South Africa's population is just a third of Nigeria's.

    July 2, 2011 at 10:40 am |
  31. Nwogu Uchenna Collins

    THE NATION NIGERIA IS LONG OVER DUE FOR IT'S TRUE IDENTITY IN THE CONTINENT AFRICA CONSIDERING IS POTENTIALS AND NATURAL ENDOWMENT. NIGERIA AS A STATE HAS MADE IMMENSE CONTRIBUTIONS WHICH IS NOT ONLY NOTED BY AFRICAN STATES BUT THE WORLD AT-LARGE EVEN HELPING SOUTH AFRICA GAIN INDEPENDENCE. I FILL THAT THE QUESTION IS BEEN SINCERE WITH OURSELVES PUTTING THE NATION 1ST AS A FOCAL POINT OF OUR VERY EXISTENCE 0NLY THEN CAN

    July 2, 2011 at 1:04 pm |
  32. we pray so, what else will i say

    we pray that it happens what else will i say. Dont forget that nigerians love praying

    July 2, 2011 at 1:09 pm |
  33. Ade

    Which Nigeria? With the kind of incompetent leadership and mumu President that Nigeria, would overtake SA? Not in 50 years!

    July 2, 2011 at 1:39 pm |
  34. kingsley ukaegbu

    Nigeria and South Africa should see each other as brothers not competitors, we both hold the hope of the whole Africa, we should work as a team and bring out the best for Africa, LONG LIVE AFRICA!

    July 2, 2011 at 2:56 pm |
  35. kingsley ukaegbu-----+2348034908361

    WE ARE ALL ONE, NO COMPARISON PLEASE, LET US BE WISE, UNITED WE STAND

    July 2, 2011 at 2:58 pm |
  36. tony

    whoever believes this crap.Its gonna take 100 years for Nigeria to overtake South Africa un less in looting the economy of its oil revenues.
    Cnn get the real facts.

    July 2, 2011 at 3:10 pm |
  37. Ken

    During the ANC's fight, it advertised that it wanted to make South Africa ungovernable. It largely succeeded. Then the ANC came to power and, oops, discovered that it couldn't govern the country. (It can rule, but it can't govern). Why is that so surprising? I guess they just didn't think that far ahead.

    July 2, 2011 at 3:47 pm |
  38. Sam I Am

    It is just another Nigerian internet scam.

    July 2, 2011 at 3:52 pm |
  39. 2by4

    how the hell can anyone believe Morgan Stanley when they are one of the reason's America is in the crisis it is in. how much money did MORGAN Stanley recieve to make such a prediction this is a country that cannot supply the basic needs to it citizens electric power, water, healthcare and drivable roads. Nigeria has a non accountable economy they don't know what comes in and what goes out.
    Anybody that believes this is a fool a real fool CNN you are turning into TMZ.

    July 2, 2011 at 3:59 pm |
  40. 2by4

    i challenge Morgan Stanley and the Nigerian government to open the books and show how they arrived at this conculsion the only thing Nigeria exports is crude oild they cannot even refine it they have to send it abroad to get refined then it is sold back to them for twice the amount.
    What other commodity does Nigeria export that contributes to economic development. Oh their own citizen tha make it in other countries without having to sell their soul. CNN you used to be the one I would count on.

    July 2, 2011 at 4:04 pm |
  41. donpope

    honestly every thing about nigeria are word of mouth,bcus d advanced country lov our growth while our leader hav been deceiving there selfs ruining the afear of the country like family and friends buisnesss

    July 2, 2011 at 4:18 pm |
  42. ife

    Even Nigerians can not imagine how great our dear country will become. The signs are there. Nigeria's problems can be corrected in 10yrs with the right policy implementation. God bless Nigeria

    July 2, 2011 at 4:21 pm |
  43. sesan afolabi

    really we have got the liver but i can bet it that the likes of james iboris, alameseghas, and bankoles would not let it happen. nigeria is suffering
    from self inflicted wound .

    July 2, 2011 at 5:19 pm |
  44. ogwuche

    This is a possibility if and only if jonathan can develope the power and infrastructure sectors. This can serve to vaildate the the Big Push theory. But how can this be achieved without tackling the pandemic called corruption? This is my fear. We should equally not discount the imperialistic interest if the international community on nigeria because of its huge market potentialities. Iam really afraid.

    July 2, 2011 at 6:26 pm |
  45. Nasdaq7

    Well that is good news. As a South African I can only say that South Africa can help Nigeria with many business projects. Nigeria has a lot of oil. It has a huge supply of labor and neigbouring African countries have a lot of raw materials. Nigeria can become a leading manufacturing country in the world. Other countries have to import oil and raw materials, Nigeria has everything close to its cities and factories needed for manufacturing. South Africans will surely be doing business in Nigeria and across the continent.

    July 2, 2011 at 6:49 pm |
  46. Henri

    South Africa is doomed – just another Zimbabwe looming.

    July 2, 2011 at 7:25 pm |
  47. solly

    forget it, na dream.

    July 2, 2011 at 9:49 pm |
  48. UGURU-OKORIE JOHN

    It is nice to read what great plans our president has got, but that time is very long (15 years) is not tomorrow. Since he knows what is good for the country, let him start execution as soon as possible. This is because we need a change, ECONOMY WISE!!!!!

    July 2, 2011 at 9:51 pm |
  49. solly

    its very difficult but not impossible.come to think of it, America has already predicted that Nigeria would break up by 2015 so that is what I waiting for.

    July 2, 2011 at 9:52 pm |
  50. Lawal Kemi

    let our fuel become N30/litre, and 24/7 electricity generation, then i will vest my belief on Robyn Curnow of CNN's Article

    July 2, 2011 at 10:06 pm |
  51. Michaels Cole

    @ Kola Afolabi, i would like to disagree with you in as much that i am not authenticating the article as being true, but there are clearer facts that the write made available which are inherent in both countries. However, i could be a motivation or stimulation which ever we can call it to both countries. Most importantly i would like us to concentrate on the end part of the article which is either bad management or poor educational performance as the likely major set back for both Country. Long live Nigeria and South Africa

    July 2, 2011 at 10:14 pm |
  52. NewGB

    Nigeria is the conmen's world capital. Now that Nigeria's economy is taking off, hopefully the conmen will stay home in Nigeria to ply their trade instead of trotting around the world and giving a bad name to Africa. Because of Nigerian conmen, people in many countries stereotype all Africans as potential conmen to be avoided like the plague.

    July 3, 2011 at 2:50 am |
  53. ema udenkwo

    The only way Nigerian economy can achieve surpassing south africa is to fight curruption, mismanagement of the people's wealth by our present day politicians from the top all the way to the local government chaimen.

    July 3, 2011 at 4:07 am |
  54. chaz Romano (not real name. take that CNN)

    wow, those emails worked eh?

    July 3, 2011 at 7:26 am |
  55. Claes

    Africans really thinking that Gadaffi and other corrupt, martial dictator buffoons are their friends and the west their enemy... I think both are, but there are at least certain powers within the west that are your friends. Your own home-grown tyrants who get votes by threats and flattery are the path to disaster. And it doesn't help if you don't agree... if you don't agree that fire is hot it will still burn you, making believe doesn't help you. Well, I can't do anything about that. Only thing I CAN do anything about is to try my best to keep the pestilence outside of Europe – at any cost! Individual Africans are most welcome, but if a country like Nigeria would (it won't though) come into a commanding position it would be disastrous. Just look at how people are treated in Nigeria! In the oil regions... your corrupt locals in cohorts with western vulture companies. Their logic... Well, we can make 1,000,000 bn if we treat people well. But if we lay waste to whole regions, let people starve and languish we can make 1,000,001 bn. 1,000,001 > 1,000,000 so our sharholders demand we maximize our profits and go with the latter option.

    July 3, 2011 at 7:27 am |
  56. James

    You guys do realise that most of NIgeria's oil wealth does not go to the public right? Statistically only about 10% is actually used for the public, infrastructure etc. The rest 90% disappears to corrupt pockets. Its really sad that a country with so much oil suffers so much poverty. The oil belongs to the people, everyone should be rich in Nigeria. Behind this article of Nigeria's glowing economy is a very dark and disturbing truth.

    July 3, 2011 at 7:32 am |
  57. joe

    no problem about my fellow nigerians who said this cant happen.as am writting this there is no power supply but am so sure that it is getting better and nigeria will be great.if outsiders can see,why cant the insider see.it will happen before your eyes that we will be the greatest economy in africa.the contry is the greatest black economy in the world.the glory SA is enjoying is the standard the white man laid for him.we should be prod of ourselves.god bless ever loving and great nigeris

    July 3, 2011 at 7:37 am |
  58. joe

    but shaaaaa oooo,it is still an hope not achievement so dont let it get into our heads

    July 3, 2011 at 7:39 am |
  59. Kevin

    You couldn't pay me to live in either country

    July 3, 2011 at 7:57 am |
  60. Ezechukwu Obinna

    The corruption in the country is too much that it may not be possible to happen,But if God helps Us!

    July 3, 2011 at 8:51 am |
  61. Hello

    I can see more lies by the ZNN(CNN) Zionist News Network. Do your research regarding the 80% oil number next time.

    In other news:
    The Audacity of Hope, the US Flotilla to Gaza named after Obama’s book Audacity of Hope was stopped at sea by the Greek Coast Guard 20 minutes after leaving the port.

    July 3, 2011 at 8:59 am |
  62. ogbuefi arinze

    This whole fabricated write up is what we call“ swagger“.please cnn stop this free madness.we are nigerians and we know ourselves much better than your sweet penciles can describe us.

    July 3, 2011 at 9:03 am |
  63. moses

    Nigeria is heading the Greece way...the government spends more than it makes. Nigeria lawmakers are the highest paid workers in the world...
    Salary U.S. President: $250,000/yr.
    GDP U.S. Economy: $13Trillion/yr.
    Allowance Nig. Senator: $1,500,000/yr
    GDP Nig. Economy: $45 Billion/yr.
    And right now the Senators want more increment. How can a country as foolish as this progress?

    July 3, 2011 at 9:46 am |
  64. Bejeay I

    have refused to even read the article, That man is a joke, with 12 of his old ministers re-instate yesterday what does that tell you. maybe in his dream is sees Nigeria overtaking S.A somebody should please wake him up. we are not dreamer but realist.

    That guy does not have anything to offer as is not even prepared for it. full of lies making our country a self governed nation, using public fund to enriched themselves and when they carried out their lipstick service they make it looks as they are doing us a favour.

    July 3, 2011 at 9:48 am |
  65. Arthur uzo

    The Nigeria never-give-up spirit is not to be under-rated. I believe that the best way to succeed is to play in your own ability. Nigerian believe in the ability, all they need is support and control. No one should doubt that nigeria and Africa in general will not take their place in fore-front of economic supper house. I think it will not take long, 10 years is my prediction before power house economic start emerging out of Africa.

    July 3, 2011 at 9:57 am |
  66. AUSTEEN

    I CAN NOT UNDERSTAND WHAT KOLA AFOLABI MEANS BY ALL WHAT HE IS SAY, I AM OPTIMISTIC THAT SOME DAY NIGERIA WILL BE GREATER AND CORRUPTION WILL BE REDUCE. OUR ECONOMY WILL RISE JUST LIKE THAT OF CHINA. NIGERIA HAS ONE OF THE MOST INTELLIGENT AND MOST HARD WORKING PEOPLE IN THE WORLD TODAY. GO NIGERIA! YOU CAN, 2025 IS TOO FAR. I KNOW YOU CAN BEFORE 2020. KOLA PLEASE JOIN THE TRAIN OF OPTIMISTIC PEOPLE AND STOP LEAVING IN THE PAST. THIS IS A GOOD AND ENCOURAGING ARTICLE TO ALL NIGERIANS TO WORK HARD WITH HOPE THE SUCCESS IS JUST IN THE NEXT STREET AWAY.

    July 3, 2011 at 9:58 am |
  67. JASSON JUELZ

    lets not deceive our selves naiga can never get beta than wat it is now.lets just pray so that it would not grow worst.Goodluck, stop deceiving your self and your fellow thieves in your cabinet.we already know wat you pple can do.barawos

    July 3, 2011 at 10:15 am |
  68. Robert Hill

    90% Nigerians scam online, so what are we saying..

    July 3, 2011 at 10:35 am |
  69. Briggs Greg

    I want to thank all my brothers whom have commented on this issue, all I pray is for our to realise that it's time for Nigeria the Giant in quote stand up tall and take Africa to next level, and this can only happen if our leaders if they'r leaders at all would shun greed and corruption in their agenda, long live Nigeria MY GREAT NATION!

    July 3, 2011 at 10:55 am |
  70. Beve Stalmer, CEO, Macrohard

    Of course Nigeria will overtake South Africa – unless South Africans will enjoy a GDP/capita of more than 4.6 times that of Nigerians! Nigeria is and will remain by far Africa's most populous nation, and is expected to have a population of 203 million in the year 2025, compared to South Africa's then 44 million. Africa's most populous nations in 2025 after Nigeria are expected to be Democratic Republic of Congo (115 million – today one of the world's poorest nations), Ethiopia (113 million – today one of the world's poorest nations), Egypt (95 million), and Tanzania (60 million).

    Just like China is destined for the number one spot in the world, so is Nigeria destined for the number one spot in Africa – but so what? Isn't it the living standard, i.e. GDP per capita, that matters? Americans will still be richer than the Chinese in 2025, an South Africans will still be richer than Nigerians in 2025.

    http://www.photius.com/rankings/world2050_rank.html

    July 3, 2011 at 11:30 am |
  71. diepriye joseph orupabo

    well thats a fact nigeria is so blessed with natural and human resourse,nigeria place is not just the coming supper economy of africa but its suppose to be among the super nations of the world with our new and transparent president on seat ensuring good governance the sky is the limit for nigeria , honestly nigeria is changing so rapidly corruption level is going down,all the state govenors are really doing a great job example my state capital port harcourt in five years time when u visit u will think u are in europe the place is changing ,imagine this theres an ongoing project in advance stages in the construction of high speed metro line,world class housing project,hospital ,schools,in nigeria everything is changing so fast theres plan to bulid 15 new power generation plant when this is completed i dont think yhe question is nigeria overtaking south africa but rather nigeria fulfilling it s rightful position as the giant of africa in less than 15 years from an analytical point of view the right target is 2020. .....

    July 3, 2011 at 1:12 pm |
  72. ihima

    Nigeria are not looking to dominate or overtaking any country,ours is that the whole continent of Africa is developed and progressive.
    This is our dream as an African.

    July 3, 2011 at 1:46 pm |
  73. Who Cares

    Are those not the AIDS sick people ? Whatever !!! Africa is africa ... there leaders will always be corrupt !

    July 3, 2011 at 2:37 pm |
  74. 1alan1

    I suspect the increase in money came from check cashing scams rather than oil.

    July 3, 2011 at 2:50 pm |
  75. David

    South Africa has to be wary of the current political trends. The rich and the poor both fought to end apartheid, but the politicians are getting all of the benefits. Its the whole rich getting richer bit. The poor does not have an unlimited supply of patience. I see an organized Egyptian style revolt if the government don't start fulfilling their election run promises. The economy has great potential, but the country needs good leaders which subscribe to accountability.

    July 3, 2011 at 3:00 pm |
  76. idiot

    It's a scam

    July 3, 2011 at 3:02 pm |
  77. Liberty A.

    Nigeria wont overtake even Kenya, In as much as people like Adoke is the minister for Justice that wont know how to fight corruption. While leaders continue to loom in corruption without being checked.

    July 3, 2011 at 3:14 pm |
  78. desert voice (troubledgoodangel or Nathanael)

    Good luck, Jonathan. I hope the prediction comes true. However, I need to remind you that not all is well in Nigeria on the sectarian front! Christians are still being masacred! As President, you are responsible for their lives!

    July 3, 2011 at 4:00 pm |
  79. Silver Spoon

    Zimbabwe with all its problems and a lousy president has a far much better electricity supply than Nigeria. Ghana with all its decades of corruption and mismanagement is doing far much better thsn Nigeria now. Kenya, despite the recent election turmoil has a far much more stable economy than Nigeria.

    Nigeria is a complete joke....it can not and can never overtake South Africa!

    July 3, 2011 at 4:01 pm |
  80. Jardin T

    Nice Opium for the people. With the type of people ruling Nigeria, just keep dreaming.

    July 3, 2011 at 4:11 pm |
  81. Oviri Isaac

    it is a great possibiliby,despite the pessimists,There are sign of a great future stating with the free and fare election that urshed in Goodluck Jonathan.we will and must overtake SA.

    July 3, 2011 at 5:00 pm |
  82. ewans

    i wonder if morgan stanley is in2 d business of 'prophecy'?d article says d criteria 4 we(nigeria) overtaking south africa is in south africas falling standard of education.that means nigerias standard of education is rising.how many morgan stanley or CNN staff are graduates from nigerian universites?bullshit

    July 3, 2011 at 5:03 pm |
  83. Umar el'as

    in the future, Nigeria will overtaking South Africa as Africa's largest economy. By the way African's economy to the world economy is not up to a %, get real facts.

    July 3, 2011 at 6:06 pm |
  84. DVD

    This can only happen,if the leaders there will allow democracy to prevail and tempt to do without corruption,mismanagement and then invest on infrastructural development,which will create jobs for the youths and as well eradicate poverty.

    July 3, 2011 at 7:13 pm |
  85. Chukwunedu Ossai

    Surely,Nigeria can.Oil is just one of the numerous natural resources on Nigerian soil.I am optimistic that a diversification into other areas of Nigerian resource, Government policy on agriculture,education and power will give Nigeria an edge over South Africa.

    July 3, 2011 at 7:14 pm |
  86. Eferaiyena David

    I don't think ROBYN CURNOW has ever been to both countries. Nigeria problems far at-weigh her seemingly deceptive successes. Projection is a bad omen in Nigeria. We've had 5yrs, 10yrs and 20yrs projection before, all but to enrich corrupt leaders and subject the people to abject poverty. Education zero, Infrastructure zero, Power non existence, these can't just be fixed in the next 20yrs, so stop giving us unrealistic projection.

    July 3, 2011 at 7:15 pm |
  87. Justice

    This is another foolish deception of the Nigerian populace by this western Idiots

    July 3, 2011 at 7:25 pm |
  88. DOCTOR DAVE

    This can only happen,if the leaders there will allow democracy to prevail and tempt to do without corruption,mismanagement and then invest on infrastructural development,which will create jobs for the youths and as well eradicate poverty.THE ATTESTED TRUTH,IS THAT WE SHOULD KEEP PRAYING AND ALSO HELPING OURSELVES BY CONTRIBUTING TO GIVE THE COUNTRY A GOOD NAME AND SHOWING OPTIMISM ABOUT THE FUTURE OF THE COUNTRY.WE KNOW AS THE LEADERS PROGRESSIVELY,UNINTERRUPTEDLY,WITH THEIR UNKIND HEARTS OF STONE COMMITS THESE ATROCIOUS AND MISCHIEVOUS DEEDS,AND THEN BESTOW THE CITIZENS NOTHING BUT A LAKE OF FRUSTRATION,ONE DAY IT WILL ALL COME TO AN END,WHICH IS INEVITABLE.BUT WE SHOULD BE HAPPY THAT THE COUNTRY IS TAKING A STEP INTO DEMOCRACY.DEMOCRACY IS A STATE OF MIND,AN IDEA AND IT DOES TAKES TIME TO MATURE AND BE PROSPEROUS.ALTHOUGH,FELA BELIEVED IT TO BE A DEMONSTRATION OF CRAZE,BUT IT IS STILL THE FORM OF GOVERNMENT.

    July 3, 2011 at 7:28 pm |
  89. DOCTOR DAVE

    ANOTHER THING IS THAT,THIS ARTICLE WAS WRITTEN NOT TO CONDEMN THE COUNTRY OF THEIR EVERY ATTITUDES BUT ALSO TO ELEVATE HOPES.NOBODY IS DIVIDING ANYBODY.NIGERIANS DID ASSIST SOUTH AFRICA FINANCILALY AND POLITICALLY DURING THE TIME OF APARTHEID.WE BOTH NEED EACH OTHER TO WORK TOGETHER TO BE PROSPEROUS.

    July 3, 2011 at 7:35 pm |
  90. DOCTOR DAVE

    O AFRICA,MY AFRICA.
    THE OLD TRADITION WE SHOULD HALT TO PEEP,
    IF DEVASTATION IS WHERE IT LEADS.

    July 3, 2011 at 7:38 pm |
  91. Dekpe Solomon

    I can't wait for that. That can only happen if those corrupt pipo in govt are fish out and charge to court.

    July 3, 2011 at 7:45 pm |
  92. DVD

    DEMOCRACY IS THE BEST FORM OF GOVERNMENT,IF WE CAN'T HAVE IT,WE ARE NOBODY AND CANNOT WALK ALONG WITH OUR NEIGHBORS.NOW LETS STOP BLAMING OTHERS FOR OUR OWN PROBLEMS AND COME TO THE REALITY OF LIFE.
    FIRST THING IS FOR US TO KNOW OUR PROBLEMS,THEN WE CAN GET A SOLUTION TO IT,BUT IF WE DO NOT KNOW OUR PROBLEMS,WE CAN NEVER EVER KNOW OUR TO SOLVE IT..............WAKE UP AFRICANS WAKE UP,AND MOVE WITH THE THEM,THEY ARE MOVING TOO FAST

    July 3, 2011 at 7:45 pm |
  93. william-of-baskerville

    They should be careful. Oil-based growth cannot last long. Russia was taught the lesson few years ago and it was a painful lesson.

    July 3, 2011 at 7:54 pm |
  94. WARRIBOY

    my guys dis no be competition o!make una no let oyimbo deceive una o!Africa na 1 o! i recomend make all of una go read dis Book 'AFRICA RISING'

    July 3, 2011 at 8:47 pm |
  95. Erwin

    Nigeria is well diversified, you named any scam, it's nigerian 95%

    July 3, 2011 at 9:27 pm |
  96. Kingsley omeihe

    My postulation puts Brazil,Russia,India,China(Bric)economies as dominant forces over the next 50 years,but most recently i have chosen to introduce the N for Nigeria in the BRIC acronym to become the new BRINC economies.
    These economies could become a larger force shaping global economic movements.

    The Nigerian edge is interesting,and if things go right in less than thirty years,Nigeria's economy could be larger than some of the World's ten largest economies in terms of GDP.The key assumption underlying my projection is that Nigeria maintains key policies and develop foundations for rapid growth.Higher growth would definetly lead to higher returns and an increase in FDI.The weight of Nigeria's investment portfolio would rise sharply.

    Nigeria's buoyant oil reserves not left out,makes it the economy to be invested in and ofcourse the right emerging market.

    Kingsley Omeihe is a Nigerian economist.

    July 3, 2011 at 10:30 pm |
  97. Adenike

    We can get there. We can be the best if we all co-operate together. Nigeria's got the mineral resources, human resources, intellectuals, population and everything it takes. I hope the president would do as he said, we do not want corruptions again, we want transparency and entirely good governance. Let's put all hands on deck to save this great nation even a word of prayer counts.

    July 4, 2011 at 3:22 am |
  98. cy

    who is deceiving who?

    July 4, 2011 at 3:57 am |
  99. Mohammed Sani Abacha

    Oil is not the mainstay of the Nigerian economy. 419 advance fee scams and kidnappings are.

    July 4, 2011 at 7:15 am |
  100. akinpelu

    Oil money income. Commerce (Buy and sell) expenditure. No internal manufacturing. Other modern activities on private generators. President's most brilliant ideas is to split ministries – Ministry of Agric to 6 or 7 – Minstryb of Poultry, Ministry of Cattle, Ministry of Grains etc etc. Confirmed crooks and deadwoods as Ministers. Bingo we'll overtake the US economy by 2015 even if we don't meet the MDGs. The GDP will read very high figure from oil money for briefcase Western businessmen coming to pick up deals from oil and gas while the people wallow in the worst kind of poverty and disorderliness on earth. Great news. I thought Robyn is an intelliget person

    July 4, 2011 at 7:51 am |
  101. Aminat Ozemoka

    There is hope for us Nigerians. Hope is what has always kept us going as a Nation, It is what has kept our resilient spirit alive. But for how long can will continue to feed on it, Now it has grown thinner and is not longer enough for us to tolerate bad governance. 15 years is'nt 15 Months.

    July 4, 2011 at 8:20 am |
  102. Not so sure

    The horrible thing about projections like these, is that they only serve to continue dividing Africa, instead of uniting us.
    People smarten up.
    As to most 9-12 year olds who can't read: Strange, my daughters are studying Medicine (first year) in Germany and Fine Arts in the Netherlands.
    And no, I'm not wealthy.
    We need to realise that as Africans, we are the only people who can treat each other with equality and respect.
    For the rest of the world, regardless of our achievements, we are always only second or third class citizens.
    So instead of gloating over each other's losses, let us use our strengths to fortify Africa's position in the world.
    We have what it takes.

    July 4, 2011 at 8:26 am |
  103. Jude Alum (opigo effizzy)

    if we believe we can achieve, because together we can do greater things. Nigerian government should invest in infrastructure and education if we must achieve such goals. they should build public condos like the thailand government does. 15 t0 20 floors of a room self contain apartment and a room and sitting room to reduce the problem of housing. the government should stop the senators and minister that are in business from the importation of generators and improve the power sector. they can provide jobs by giving nigerian cars on hire purchase for taxi and with such idea they can improve security as the police can train and employ the taxi drivers to work with them and monitor the illegal movements of the citizens. there should be law and other a good punishment for any government or public official that is found corrupt. can't we sentence a political thieve to life jail? can't we send some people on exile? what is wrong with us. anywhere u show a green passport, u will be watched closely. it's a shame but we have to do something.

    July 4, 2011 at 8:58 am |
  104. DUMISANI

    Good for Nigeria, I wish this happens quickly so that Nigerians who have flocked to South Africa can start going back home.

    July 4, 2011 at 10:02 am |
  105. Kay

    Its good news for Nigeria if it holds even though they have to work on diversify their economy and not over rely on oil

    July 4, 2011 at 12:24 pm |
  106. jesus

    South Africa is like a little country of europe.Even though it claims to have the highest standard of living per capita
    it will have to come to terms,just like USA,that it is unsustainable.Sooner of later it will have to "share" with the rest.
    China is a poor country and it will regain its most civilised and most properous position it had for 1800 years.
    For the last 200 years so called western civilisation has caused rich to get richer and the poor poorer.

    July 4, 2011 at 12:30 pm |
  107. Ada Chukwu

    Nigeria is capable and its very possible...We have the resource human and material to take over not Just Africa but the world at large. But how can we even achieve anything when we dont have our priorities right and all our leaders mismangage and misslead Nigeria every opportunity they get to do so. But am stil hopeful and positive knowing that somehow this times will pass and believeing that we will have leaders people like me who will stir this great Nation to where its supposed to be, then we have the chance to stand,stand sturdy as A GIANT AMONG NATIONS...

    July 4, 2011 at 12:45 pm |
  108. Gabriel

    In the next 25yrs? Why not in the next month? Mr. President has just got a dream because it can’t happen. S-Africa has been a giant of Africa, not Nigeria. Guiltiness pressed on their conscience, and they live their lives on false pretence each and everyday.

    July 4, 2011 at 1:15 pm |
  109. BT

    In my opinion, I believe Nigeria's economy overtaking South Africa by 2025, which is 14 years away, is overly optimistic. The chronic corruption problem will just not let that happen. In the short to medium term (next 5 – 10 years), more companies and industries would relocate out of Nigeria due the constant lack of power (electricity) problem. This has already been happening in the last few years with many of the companies relocating to neighbouring Ghana which is one of the most stable African countries today. Add the oil find in Ghana to the equation and its more of a downhill road for Nigeria. So, the question is, with more companies moving out of Nigeria, unemployment on the rise, massive infrastructural problems, corruption, poor government policies, over reliance on oil and the power issue, how will the Nigerian economy overtake South Africa's in just a mere 14 years. I DON'T THINK SO.

    July 4, 2011 at 1:37 pm |
  110. Gabriel

    Are we the survivors? The black survivors! I tell you; Nigeria which has got a dream to overcome S-Africa's economy in the next 25yrs, shame. Is it one of the richest oil producing country in the world which has been living in poverty since 1960 of their independent till this day? Lol! This gona be another fraud, scam, 419, money doubler. No amount of money doubler or fraudulent can make Nigeria economy to overtake S-African economy let me tell you man. Don’t ask me why.

    July 4, 2011 at 1:38 pm |
  111. South African

    I hope it happens before 2025, then you can leave South Africa and stop sucking dry our social welfarr system. Our economy is struggling because we have to look after millions of refugees that just want want want!
    Take back your people and take care of them. Go type in "refugees" in google and see what you get.

    July 4, 2011 at 2:06 pm |
  112. kako123

    Every nation that advances do so by first organising their people to unleash their productive capabilities. China had the capacity to be a world beater for decades but it did not happen till they changed their way of doing business. Nigeria literally keeps close to 90% of its people in utter darkness for weeks, months and even years while expecting the presence of "mineral resources" to help it "overtake" nations such as South Africa. I fear that successive Nigerian Governments that take solace in the public selective amnesia and myopia to always promise something good to happen one or two decades ahead. Each time we get to the promised event, a fresh promise is made! This time, help for such indolent govenments is coming from a US organ with absolutely nothing to lose. Hapless Nigerians that have had to cope with lengthy kerosene queues, hot days and dark nights, jobless graduates, etc have a new sugar-candy mountain to hope for! In the meantime, this government, like its predecessors will not tell us when electricity production in the entire country – presently at the level of a single world-class city will move from 4 to 10, or 20 or 100 GW. When will we stop spending over 70% of national income on recurrent items such as feeding legislators and other political office holders. When will decayed infrastructure caused by years of neglect end? These have to be "overtaken" before we begin to hope to overtake South Africa.

    July 4, 2011 at 3:45 pm |
  113. Adaji E.

    Lets do this right....it is achievable

    July 4, 2011 at 4:54 pm |
  114. SONYCOLLINS

    IF U DONT BELIEVE IN NIGERIA OR THE POSSIBILITY OF OVER TAKING SOUTH AFRICA, PLS JUST TURN YOUR DIRECTION TOWARDS YOUR BELIEVE=GRAVE. SOME OF YOU DONT BELIEVE IN YOUR COUNTRY ANYMORE IT IS A PITY...JUST GET CITIZENSHIP IN ANOTHER COUNTRY AND STOP WORRYING YOURSELF ABOUT Nigeria shameless folks. JUST BECAUSE YOU WANT TO COMMENT or YOU MANAGE TO HAVE INTERNET ACCESS doest make you foolish cynics.

    July 4, 2011 at 9:18 pm |
  115. BoerVendetta

    It will be a sad day in South Africa, but it is to be expected as our land is being run by a bunch of morons bent on stealing from the poor to give to the rich ANC vat cats. What was once a jewel on the African continent is now a turd world hell hole. Lets hope CNN covers the white genocide in South Africa when it happens, or at least when its over.

    July 4, 2011 at 9:35 pm |
  116. kenny idemili

    its gonna be possible only and if only the Nigerian govt. gets rid of all corrupt public office holders (which of course is impossible) and the West quit exploiting us like we cant manage ourselves. An honest question to you Robney Curno, how on earth do u expect to US to remain on the podium economically without the returns it gets from Africa, Nigeria especially?
    ok, come to think of it less than 20% of the populace in Nigeria is literate compared to that of SA (plus i'm a university undergraduate and its taking me eternity to type this comments cos we dont get to use a computer steady)
    You still dont get my point? Lemme break it down for u- our most lucrative telecom company is MTN located in SA, Chevron also SA, insurance companies, road construction companies and a whole lot of them. In one word its called CAPITALISM, the one and only ember of hope we have economically now is found in the oil sector and your country is doing a very good job refining the crude form for us and dictate the exhorbitant price for us. i could go on and on but like you said only if we dont squander the m oney on corruption fight, which actually is a witch-hunt game.
    you want us to grow pass the current state, better start practising wat u preach and quit acting like u guys are some sort of saint(actually u are cos you always have a way of getting us to kill ourselves economically for your benefit).
    if i were the president, i'd cut off all foriegn engagements wit the west and try doing these things on my own. Till then LONG LIVE THE GREAT VISIONISTS WE ARE YET TO DISCOVER WHO STAND FOR NOTHING BUT SOCIAL JUSTICE.
    08032133222

    July 4, 2011 at 10:54 pm |
  117. adedayo akadiri

    GREAT NEWS.I am happy and I pray I am alive then.2025.They said phones(SIMS)will crash from N30k to N5k.....we said it is a lie.It is now N0.200k.They said there will be electricity in Nigeria..they are trying...they are failing...but they will get it.I had to sitch of my freezer for 36hrs in 2001..yes 2001 when we need to cook beef in Lagos.10years ago and it will happen again.

    July 4, 2011 at 11:05 pm |
  118. Baba Gee

    What is the noise all about!!!!!
    Let us wait and see how our leaders manage our resourses. Afterall CNN, Robyn Curnow and Morgan Stanley are not the ones that will run these countries.
    The onus is on the people we have elected to lead us to do the right thing.
    Let us stop blaming other people for our woes.

    July 5, 2011 at 12:14 am |
  119. kenis milkshake

    Anybody knows where i can get access to prophecies about Africa, ( am looking for the future years not the past)

    July 5, 2011 at 12:46 am |
  120. Payday Loans Services

    it would be very beneficial for Africa as the essential things for life process would be made available at easy for other people.

    July 5, 2011 at 7:28 am |
  121. Freddy, Swiss

    To those eho call it a lie: when have you be back last? If you look only the changes in Lagos in the last 5 years, you will discover massive development in infrastructure. Same in other regions. No doubt, its a long way to go, but the journey has started. Obviously.

    July 5, 2011 at 8:44 am |
  122. Muzana Mzansi

    Finally Nigerians will realize that they have to work for their country and they will have to stop polluting other countries with the 419 scams. Don't compete with SA, just work with SA you will prosper. SA is very flexible country that serves as exemplary to other African States. If you wana compete just know that someone is in middle to carry on your destiny, that is the WEST. They No that BRICKS is a mean machine that want to work with Africa, US wants to cause division. This is just an economic propaganda by the WEST to divide the two AFRICAN POWER HOUSES in Africa. They are scared of China. Nigeria dont be fooled by the West tactics

    July 5, 2011 at 8:56 am |
  123. Nnaemeka.

    Imagine the bad English Nigerians are writing in this age. How can we grow when we can't communicate properly?

    These reports are all propaganda by the west so that GEJ will not be able to tackle the present challenges on ground. GEJ is WEAK. He can't even tackle the Boko Haram syndrome ravaging the country like cancer. There are crises everywhere in Nigeria. In the north, it is Boko Haram. In the south, Niger Delta militants are threatening fire and brimstone. GEJ is WEAK.

    July 5, 2011 at 5:43 pm |
  124. Turbo4

    Nigerians dont be fooled by this American, We(South Africa) sort you infrastructure withnin 5 years just give us the contracts. We dont wanna to compete to any African state but to work with them. We exprience in power generation, roads, dams, mining, oil refinary, town planing, ect. I think the best thing that we can together is chase shell and other companies away and let SASOL in. This wil benefit the both of us and stop sending money to Europe.

    July 5, 2011 at 8:31 pm |
  125. stanley

    i belive nigria will change one day.

    July 5, 2011 at 10:54 pm |
  126. Tahir Abdallah

    Yes is possible but we have a long way to do it. we must have zero curruption a country were its national assembly takes 25% of its yearly budget for their personall use.
    Lets pray for a good change.

    July 6, 2011 at 12:39 pm |
  127. Tom Emmanuel

    This is very possible. In fact, if there is anyone out there who doubts that this is possible,who doubts that Nigeria's economy can really become first in Africa,soon Will come your answer.It all begin with thinking.This is what we do at Aurora Loreli. See http://www.auroraloreli.com for more information.

    July 6, 2011 at 3:49 pm |
  128. Roger the Dodger

    As a South African, I don't have a problem with the Nigerian overtaking South Africa's because after all, it's population is much bigger. To be honest, it hope it does happen because that will then signify the rise of Nigeria and hopefully the rest of Africa too.
    As for those muppets that predict that South Africa will become like Zim, you've been saying that for the last 10 years... we're still waiting!!!!

    July 6, 2011 at 5:29 pm |
  129. Gladday

    The indices are there for the projections to be true. The resources are also there in abundance. All what we need is proper planning and implementation. Do away with corruption, set up institutions that can drive the system irrespective of the government in power. Our people are among the best in the world. Given the right technology and environment, we will overtake SA before 2025. All we need is dedication, commitment, purposeful leadership , proper planning and resourceful persons to man all spheres of our economy.

    July 6, 2011 at 7:40 pm |
  130. donizzy

    All talks have been talked...nigeria shall one day be among the world top 10,not just south africa comparism stuff.nigeria pose to be great in the nearest future.curruption is everywhere in the world,and nigeria is not an exception.soo hatters and luvers of nigeria,dont ponder over that issue anymore...

    July 7, 2011 at 12:29 am |
  131. Chipearl

    We can,Yes i say and believe that with God we can be the world best,Because with God all things are possible,so lets all be positive back up our leaders with prayers as they remove from our great Nation all bad eggs that believe in corruption and mismanagement,we all have a say in what happens to our country.So lets stop fighting the people who might actually have our country's interest at heart with words and actually support by starting from ourselves and families,because change can actually start with us and spread all around us.Let's all be the agents of change and with time we'll get there..............Light, water and other basic amenities will follow........God bless Nigeria.

    July 7, 2011 at 7:22 am |
  132. alice

    Nna today...we all want naija to better but only if the leads are ready to acknolwedge the fact that they are not there for the betterment of their pocket, but for the people. E GO BETTER 1 DAY!

    July 7, 2011 at 11:18 am |
  133. HABIBU ZAKARIA

    No meaningful ecomomic growth can be achieved by any country charactirized by high level of corruption like in Nigeria.
    Nigeria can be great and be the proud of all Africa only if we are willing and ready to run a corruption free system that can bring us out of poverty, unemployment & uncertainties. A system that can encourage productivity & guaratee good governance. We need Education, funtioning healthcare system, we need Food , we need security..................NIGERIAN WE NEED TO GET RID OF CORRUPTION IN ITS TOTALITY BY ALL MEANS, BY ALL MEANS, i repeat BY ALL MEANS.

    July 7, 2011 at 2:03 pm |
  134. SAsara6806

    With comments from South Africa like this, why wouldn't Nigeria overtake them?
    Johannesburg – ANC Youth League President Julius Malema on Wednesday labelled the United States as "blood thirsty imperialists" for bombing Libya with its Nato allies, the Sabc reported.
    "We want to ask a simple question to the imperialists. Are you not tired of seeing blood every year? You bloodthirsty imperialists," Malema said.
    He was speaking at a protest by hundreds of Numsa members at the US Embassy in Pretoria.
    "Every year you are bombing this or that nation, because of your thirstiness for blood. We should all agree that South Africa should not have voted for the resolution...," said Malema.
    It was recently reported that President Jacob Zuma had said that South Africa reiterated its concerns at the misinterpretation of a United Nations resolution.
    The resolution authorises a no-fly zone over Libya, which Nato had used to "justify its bombing campaign".
    "They [the United States] can't think. They don't know politics."
    Malema also called the war in Libya "sponsored violence".
    He said it was sponsored by countries such as the US, France and Britain.
    - SAPA

    July 7, 2011 at 3:57 pm |
  135. Gabriel_EL

    Completely disappointed by those you think this is "utter rubbish". Nigeria is changing. Change is change, and always starts small. Don't ignore the subtle transformations happening around you. It will all cumulate to produce a "Flywheel" effect. I know it. I come across exceptional nigerian youths. The truth is you guys all saying it can't happen don't realise its actually our burden, our responsibility to make it happen. Instead of lying on your bed complaining, "get the h*ll" up and contribute, innovate. Don't let the system stifle you. "The world only bows to the persistent one", not pessimists and complainers. Build Nigeria! As for me, "I BELIEVE IN A GREAT NIGERIA. BE THE CHANGE YOU SEEK." SAY NO TO CORRUPTION IN YOUR OWN SMALL CORNER. NIGERIAN ARE GREAT PEOPLE, and a nation's human resources, is her GREATEST ASSET.

    July 7, 2011 at 5:23 pm |
  136. adeneye sunkanmi joshua

    Former president Olusegun Obasanjo makes a forecast about electricity in nigerian that 2010 there will be light for all last year till now we are still experiencing interruption in the electricity. Former president Yaradua Musa came with 7 point agenda which fail and was took up by his vice Jonathan which he later drop during his campaign. Now another on again saying we will over take South Africa in 2025 no problem with this saying but let me say one thing. south africa took their independent with struggle, pain, hard earn victory and with a lots of protest but Nigeria tooks their out of pleading without the white people shooting a single bullet at anybody meaning in Nigeria nobody is ready to die for the better meant of this country......... Abeg anybody wey predict this thing have done it at is own knowledge without considering the vast Nigerian factors POLITICS

    July 7, 2011 at 9:05 pm |
  137. Dapo

    We are big dreamers in Nigeria but terrible under-achievers. This article would do little more than fuel our fantasy and ego. Nigeria is going no where with the leadership that we have. God help us.

    July 8, 2011 at 5:43 am |
  138. Joe Illoh

    Nigeria's highly endowed with the human intellectual capital which is fundamental in the strive to attain a sustainable economy. Should the present government wedge a sincere and serious war against corruption and take drastic but positive nation-building oriented measures, there's no doubt that vision 2020 will be a reality.

    July 9, 2011 at 7:28 am |
  139. 2009alaba

    Troubles may last for night, Joy cometh in the morning......At long last we can have a place to call our own

    July 9, 2011 at 3:38 pm |
  140. achmed fubar

    wow! what an education just reading the comments . . .

    July 11, 2011 at 2:05 am |
  141. 2009alaba

    When will the average Nigerian be on cloud nine. Innocent lives has been lost due to poverty, religious and political violence, economical instability. Hey!!! lets wake up from our slumbers and work things out amongst ourselves, its high time we rise to the challenge and say no to this encumbrance we find ourselves.

    July 11, 2011 at 6:34 am |
  142. Fundi

    Funniest thing about this article is that 90% of Nigerians who have posted here are calling it rubbish, and that says a lot. I didn't think the corruption problem and electricity outages were this bad

    July 11, 2011 at 9:49 pm |
  143. Isaac

    This is a big joke. Can't be and will never be true. With the likes of Bankoles others still manning political/plesure and free to steal position, how can it be possible.

    July 12, 2011 at 4:16 pm |
  144. JABRATA KEKERIKE

    HOW CAN YOU BELIEVE THIS RUBBISH? SOUTH AFRICA IS CURRENTLY GENERATING OVER 40,000MW OF ELECTRICITY WHILE WE ARE STILL STRUGGLING TO GENERATE 3,900MW AFTER 50 YEAR OF INDEPENDENCE.JOHANNESBURG ALONE CONSUME POWER MORE THAN ENTIRE NIGERIA AND THEY ARE STILL PLANNING TO INCREASE THEIR POWER GENERATION BY 2015 BECAUSE OF MORE POWER STATION THEY ARE BUILDING;LET WORK THE ARITHMETIC..IF IT TAKES US 50 YEARS TO GENERATE 3,900MW THEN TO MATCH SOUTH AFRICA IT WILL TAKE US ANOTHER 500 YEARS

    July 13, 2011 at 5:06 pm |
  145. KILETE DENNIS DIONIN

    Well,Well,Well done. This is more of a challenge than a celebrations. There is one thing i know about my country.Giving thr right leadership we can do more. Mr.P. Take the lead.

    July 14, 2011 at 3:52 pm |
  146. A

    I would still prefer to live in Pretoria or Cape Town any day/week/month of the year than Abuja or Lagos–or any other hellish city in Nigeria. Not to say that South Africa doesn't have its problems, but Nigeria is in a league all by itself.

    July 14, 2011 at 5:24 pm |
  147. mike uba

    U can't say oil contribute 80% of its GDP. Let tell that nigeria with one the highest producers of gas contribute about 5% to its GDP.
    I have always hate you foreign reporters; u guy are pain in the Ass!!!

    July 15, 2011 at 9:58 am |
  148. mike uba

    L

    July 15, 2011 at 9:58 am |
  149. Abey

    I pray the Oil dry up one day as the impact is not felt on the common man in Nigeria.
    Would this make any difference?. I doubt, common man would remain same but the Rich and the Fat would go thinner.
    No palce for the common Nigeria in the scheme of things.

    July 15, 2011 at 4:54 pm |
  150. Glory(O)

    Nigeria can become even greater than Southafrica even in less than d date specified. Bt corruption is that virus that needs to be debugged for this to happen.Nigeria my Nigeria i believe in you,pls lets stop corrupt practise it is unhealthy for our nation.

    July 16, 2011 at 4:17 pm |
  151. John

    All i long to see is for Africans to show more love and respect for one another.
    This will cut off the hands of the evil ones that has been using war to destroy Africa.
    Long live Africa, all peace lovers around the world, the hands of the great GOD will continue to hold his loved ones.

    July 17, 2011 at 11:19 am |
  152. Mandy

    It's all very well that Nigeria will "overtake" South Africa by 2025...but seriously speaking, where exactly did you come up with that??? I really wouldn't mind if they do, because it would mean all the Nigerians that freeload in our country can return to their homeland, and that would be the best news ever! For those who think I'm being xenophobic, please note that I'm NOT! As a South African, we have seen the way the Nigerians come here with their drugs and destruction and think they can corrupt our nation, the way they have corrupted theirs! Many of them are responsible for a lot of crime in SA. It's a pity our country didn't deport any of the Nigerian criminals yet! Please note, not all Nigerians are cut from the same cloth, some are hard working, good people who just want a better life but with all due respect, Nigerians just seem to want to take over our country and that's NOT acceptable! Our citizens are first and foremost our priority. So good luck to Nigeria in toppling SA, I highly doubt it can be achieved though....

    July 18, 2011 at 10:05 am |
  153. Ola

    As a nigerian and a journalist i am extremely offended by the comments posted by Mandy. Have you any statistics or facts to back up your claim that Nigeria is responsible for the drugs and destruction of your country? Many African countries including Ghana continue to blame Nigerian for the corruption in their countries when it is simply not true, it is your own countrymen and your government and its policies that are responsible not Nigerians. I think a lot of these people are jealous because there are a lot of well educated nigerians who choose to work (legally) outside of their country and bring the money back into the Nigerian economy to help their country grow. There s nothing wrong with this it is called making progress.

    The escalating crime in SA has more to do with the lack of education and job prospects for the increasingly marginalised poor black south africans in its society whilst the white dutch I don't care wether you call yourselves afrikans you are dutch!!! fat cats feed off them, something we do not and will never allow in Nigeria. We do not let dutch westerners get above their boots perhaps you should try it, it might save your country!

    July 18, 2011 at 1:11 pm |
  154. Ola

    Another thing I will add is at a private art preview in London I met a South African who after finding out I was Nigerian proceeded to moan at me about how Nigerians are so corrupt. According to him ten years ago he had wanted to ship goods out of SA to sell in neighbouring countries without paying the proper trade fares and taxes which he claimed were crippling. He'd sought out some Nigerians to smuggle it for him, but they'd decided to take his money and walk away from the situation. This displayed just how corrupt and criminal Nigerians were according to him. They'd taken his money and not smuggled the goods for him. Surely he was the corrupt one for trying to illegally ship goods, failing and then insulting a stranger about it ten years after??? The hypocrisy of white South Africans is alarming! What he felt I had to do with his attempted illegal doings I still don't know!

    And while Mandy might want to paint a picture of Nigeria as nothing more than a criminal and corrupt place, our art and literature speaks for itself. Chinua Achebe managed to sell over 12 million copies of his book Things Fall Apart, and got it printed in over forty-five different copies across the world. Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie's book was featured in the The New York Times' 100 Most Notable Books of the Year. It is not for nothing that the late Ben Onwonwu and Yinka Shonibare's artworks sell for thousands at auctions. Nor that our bronze statues are recognised across the world. That Nollywood is now a fast growing multimillion movie industry. Nigeria does not rely solely on its mineral wealth as is widely reported but it invests heavily in cultivating its people's talents in art and culture, which all serves for the greater good of the country.

    Yes Nigeria may be a work in progress, and I admit that the government is corrupt, but it has a rich culture and lots of talent and this is why it will succeed, slowly yes, but it will get there despite all the negative comments about it!

    July 18, 2011 at 3:12 pm |
  155. Nma

    Oga stanley, your prediction is sweet but hard to believe judging by the way Nigerian leaders waste our resources.
    But, I know that with corruption removed from the system, it is very possible because the country has the potential

    July 18, 2011 at 3:15 pm |
  156. IFIOK DENNIS

    When the Lord rescue the captives of Jerusalem it was like a dream. And i strongly believe that God will help good Nigerians out from the hands of bad leaders.

    July 19, 2011 at 12:59 am |
  157. IFIOK DENNIS

    God said to Abraham "as far as your eyes can see"
    so every good people in Nigeria are seeing good things coming our way.

    July 19, 2011 at 1:08 am |
  158. The Truth

    Ola, if you are a decent journalist, and an honest Nigerian (I know thats asking for too much) you will be the first to admit that your countrymen (and increasing numbers of your countrywomen too) have a very bad (and well justified) reputation for criminality. Wherever you go, be it Japan, Holand, Germany, Ghana, Kenya, Cameroon, Unuted Kingdom, USA...Nigerians are always associated with thievery, crookedness, drug dealing, fraud, crime, etc. Its hard to associate a Nigerian with anything good.

    Ola, I know there are some good Nigerians out there. I have met a few. But the stubborn truth is that Nigerans are a crooked lot. Nigerians have brought a lot of crime to South Africa. In the U.K, it is rumoured that most of the money-hungry fake West African church pastors are Nigerians. In the USA and South America, Nigerians are associated with drug dealing. In Ghana, Togo and Benin, Nigerians are associated with witchcraft. Such backwardness. On the internet, Nigerians are associated with sily letters promising milliions of dollars in return for help transfering sums of money....419 scams.

    Ola, why does the Nigerian nationality keep being mentioned alongside crime all over the world? Why is it only Nigeria that tops the list?

    Ola, you may be offended but instead, you have to ask your countrymen and women to change their ways, otherwise you will be shunned by the whole world

    You see Ola, Nigerians need to take a long hard look. at themselves and change their ways to live an honest, law abiding life for once. Its not easy to change, especially if your culture teaches that crime is good. But some painful changes have to be made before Nigeria amd Nigerians can be taken seriously.

    For now Ola, Nigerians are seen as nothing more than crooks, as people who need to be avoided.

    July 19, 2011 at 1:38 am |
  159. Peanut Butter

    Ola, you can shout loud until your mouth turns blue about Chinua Achebe selling 12 million copies of 'Things Fall Apart. You can scream until your voice is hoarse about Chimamanda Ngozie making to The New York Times best 100 list. You can go to Mount Everest and tell the whole world about the Yinka Shonibares and such like.

    Franlkly, the world doesn't care, because this doesn't change the perception that people have of Nigerians. Nigerians are seen (rightly most of the time) as criminals. Even in churches, Nigerians canot be trusted. I understand that in Nigeria, the Federal government has banned churches from advertising miracles. Can you imagine? Why is it likes this? Because Nigerian churches have mostly become money making clubs where some crooked pastors manipulate and stage so called 'miracles' in order to draw crowds.

    Only in Nigeria can this happen.

    July 19, 2011 at 1:51 am |
  160. Tennis

    Ola, if you are a decent journalist, and an honest Nigerian (I know thats asking for too much) you will be the first to admit that your countrymen (and increasing numbers of your countrywomen too) have a very bad (and well justified) reputation for criminality. Wherever you go, be it Japan, Holand, Germany, Ghana, Kenya, Cameroon, United Kingdom, USA...Nigerians are always associated with thievery, crookedness, drug dealing, fraud, crime, etc. Its hard to associate a Nigerian with anything good.

    Ola, I know there are some good Nigerians out there. I have met a few. But the stubborn truth is that Nigerans are a crooked lot. Nigerians have brought a lot of crime to South Africa. In the U.K, it is rumoured that most of the money-hungry fake West African church pastors are Nigerians. In the USA and South America, Nigerians are associated with drug dealing. In Ghana, Togo and Benin, Nigerians are associated with witchcraft. Such backwardness. On the internet, Nigerians are associated with sily letters promising milliions of dollars in return for help transfering sums of money....419 scams.

    Ola, why does the Nigerian nationality keep being mentioned alongside crime all over the world? Why is it only Nigeria that tops the list?

    Ola, you may be offended but instead, you have to ask your countrymen and women to change their ways, otherwise you will be shunned by the whole world

    You see Ola, Nigerians need to take a long hard look. at themselves and change their ways to live an honest, law abiding life for once. Its not easy to change, especially if your culture teaches that crime is good. But some painful changes have to be made before Nigeria amd Nigerians can be taken seriously.

    For now Ola, Nigerians are seen as nothing more than crooks, as people who need to be avoided.

    July 19, 2011 at 1:55 am |
  161. EZEUGO

    Imperasive, it may sound. However,25years from 2011 is way way too far. Even Somalia can overtake South Africa ALL THINGS BEING EQUAL. The qestion is "what are the economic indecators? I gota tell you, read between the lines. Take curroption away, Nigeria is already in the stage of take off itself.

    July 19, 2011 at 4:04 am |
  162. Eberechukwu

    I seriously disagree with mandy,The Truth,Tennis&peanut Butter or whatever you may call yourself,because you generalize your justification forgetting to know that Nigeria is the most populus & progressing black nation in the world.where ever you finds good must also finds bad ok.I know you are one of the 'Anty Nigerians' that's your business.let me tell you,there are extremely very very very......good Nigerians than you think.Great Nigerian people I urge you to keep on the positive side so we can put them to shame.For the criminals,I urge you to desist from your ways, have a change of mind & attitude because you bring shame to the Great MAMA Nigeria.

    July 19, 2011 at 4:57 pm |
  163. Mandy

    With all due respect Ola, the reason I said many Nigerians are responsible for crime in my country is because a Nigerian murdered my best friend..and furthermore, our media reports on crime and 70% of the time, a Nigerian is involved..just last week, a Nigerian drug cartel were arrested...so as much as you may not agree with what I say, that's your prerogative, but global reports speak for themselves. I do however, not class all Nigerians as criminals as per my previous comment. It is fair to say, your country has a lot to offer, but crime and corruption does seem to put a spanner in the works. South Africa has its issues, but at the end of the day, its one of the best places to live and is a beautiful country, rich in diversity. Yes, we have lots of work to do with certain areas like unemployment, crime etc, but you cannot compare the living standards with Nigeria to South Africa. SA is far superior in that regard. And just so you know, I lived in Nigeria for 3 months a year ago due to my job and I couldn't wait to come back home! My opinions may not go down well with most people and I'm sorry if it offends anyone but the truth normally does. And for the record Ola, Im NOT an Afrikaner or Dutch as you put it!

    July 20, 2011 at 11:42 am |
  164. Ereola Adesoji

    Gov. of nig. should see to all inferstructor like electricity, road net work, price control and the divident of democracy for the less priviledge.

    July 20, 2011 at 12:54 pm |
  165. Ibrahim Ismail

    Stop fooling us there is nothing that you will tell us that we will believe, we only believe with what we saw on ground and yet we have not seen anything. if we see this problem today is different one we will see tomorrow so mind your corrupt mind.......

    July 20, 2011 at 5:08 pm |
  166. zuluboy

    zuluboy here, it doesn't get more south african than Zulus. poor nigerians don't get your hopes up it would rain meat before that happens. Look, the first thing you people need to do is to stop treating presidents as if they are gods, that way you can easily publicly criticize them and force them to make the write changes. even so we S. Africans have moved on to bigger things, we have the world's fastest growing economies on speed dial thanks to BRICS of which the 'S' refers to us, these countries will use us just like we will use them. Basically we have a much better platform to grow our economy than you will ever ever have. (but we still love you as fellow Africans, no hate)

    July 21, 2011 at 10:10 am |
  167. schalk

    that aint gonna happen S.A will pull itself together .. S.A will remain the leader in africa..

    July 24, 2011 at 4:59 pm |
  168. Simon Says

    With the brainless people like Zuma and Malema running this sinking ship, what does one expect, they both un educated fools to say the least. The simple case of the Blind leading the Blind!! Malema wants Africans to go forth and breed, they cant even manage the current schools and pass rate is at 35% what future in SA?

    August 3, 2011 at 3:08 pm |
  169. demmy

    I know Nigeria can be great if we have the right leaders, but i dont know about taking over SA. I know Nigeria is also faced with serious corruption issues at all levels, which is a major hinderance to greatness. I know SA has a lot to do concerning educating their youth, there is a high level of illiteracy especially among blacks in SA. I also know that the crime rate in SA is very high. These are challenges both countries need to face and deal with

    August 3, 2011 at 5:24 pm |
  170. Ibiee Gaj

    I love my country and am passionate about it. I am particularly thrilled by the rich and varied culture/ traditions of our people. I am really optimistic about the future. My problem is that stattistics alone does not and cannot make a nation like ours grow. Our leadership must be in all front of the war to grow and develop real sectors of the economy. We must be able to feed our people – we are hundry and this is real. If the above ststement is an hypotheis or a projection – it is fine. What Government at all level should do is to ensure that the reform agenda of the current government work for the people to better their per capita income and eventuality grow the country's GDP. However, oil does not account for Nigeria 80 per cent of its GDP, but rather is revenue. Government must find a balance between the country's recurrent and its capital expenditure. A situation where the ratio of recurrent capital expenditure cannot matched declining inflows is a matter of concern to government and economic growth. The reform agenda must energize other non oil sector proactively to create platforms for economic and industrial growth of the country. I hope one day this assertion will come true. But for now, let walk the reforms and talk the plans and strategies to see us through. President Goodluck Jonathan Ebele GCFR – this is a challenge for you and your leadership. We trust you to deliver. thanks.

    August 3, 2011 at 10:52 pm |
  171. Ekperi Papa

    Another western tactics to divide our great continent Africa.

    August 5, 2011 at 4:39 pm |
  172. concerned african

    dear fellow africans nigerians and south africans, i find this article very interesting and provoking. i have read each and every comment mostly all by nigerians and i tell you i have never laughed so loud in a long long time!!! i am a south african who spent a decade in nigeria and i know the country and its people in and out. i even have a soft spot for nigerians inspite of all the horrible things i have experienced throughout my stay in there. the other side of nigerians is the warmth and good heartedness of its citizens. nigerians are by nature very intelligent but unfortunately intelligence is applied wrongly most of the time and that is why things continue to fall apart in nigeria. no wonder that chinua achebe conveniently sold his `things fall apart` in millions of dollars!! just to remind you, robyn is south african and of course has never been to nigeria, if she has, maybe for just a few days. her reporting might be based on statistics she picked from foreign or even nigerian sources. i think we should all take this prediction seriously and put our heads together as africans to ensure that this dream comes true, then africa will have two giants,a rich and educated nigeria complemented by a well organized, articulate and developed south africa and that, 2025 will be africa`s year, a new dawn of economic might!!!

    August 6, 2011 at 5:21 pm |
  173. valentine

    Its not god to spread the food to Somalia citizen from air , that is why people are dying there , i saw a video of plane dropping food items from the air , very poor and bad by the UN.

    August 8, 2011 at 7:46 pm |
  174. valentine

    We should behave like human to those in war or crisis .

    August 8, 2011 at 7:48 pm |
  175. prosper nnadi

    nigeria has the capacity to overtake even the UK in 50 years time if their leaders behave like that of the chinese.

    August 9, 2011 at 1:12 pm |
  176. odiah james

    look whatever is te result it be in 2025 it would be a shame for both country if they do not put rivary aside...look the western media would always like to confused and want us to work against each other look...they wont tell u that nigeria will economy will be bigger than italy or spain or portugal or one fo there own countrie the reason for that is bcos they now when the say nigeri will grow bigger than south africa sount africa will plt and start fighting against nigeria vis a vis....it should be a pride for africa iif any one of both country become true model of american reinessance not war...we shouuld struggle to make africa better not nigeria southafrica better stop the bickering and look ahead....both countries but in tru and certain there inlies afirca true potential UNITY......I RST MY CASE

    August 10, 2011 at 3:03 pm |
  177. DSP

    Its a shame folks; most of us Nigerian do not fully understand the potentials of this country; Nigeria is probably the only country in the world to day with positive population growth (please correct me if I'm wrong). Europe's population is aging, America's population is aging, that's why they "recruit" 50,000 people from all over the world every yer to become American citizens. They all know and understand that its just a matter of time before we get it right and when we do, we'd be competing actually with India and China (Not SA). GOD BLESS NIGERIA!! Its around the corner folks, just around the corner.....

    August 11, 2011 at 9:52 am |
  178. Wole O

    I just left the US to spend 3 weeks in Nigeria and have already seen the progressive mindset of it's leaders and the fact that they are putting it into action. Lagos is a perfect example. I am so certain that Nigeria will reach this by 2020, I have decided to relocate there and start a business by the end of the year! Nigeria is the internet in the 90's. Those that get in now will be in prime position to grow as the country grows as well as help the people achieve their potential.

    August 12, 2011 at 12:40 am |
  179. Al60

    I'm an educator from South Africa. I regret to say that the government, while investing significantly in education, has not managed the transformation processes adequately over the last two decades with the result that is stated above.

    August 12, 2011 at 2:07 am |
  180. Ukpong

    Agege Bread,
    I really agree with your points. Dont bother yourself it does not sound harsh its the truth until Nigeria and Nigerians make changes on those points you made.

    August 12, 2011 at 10:03 pm |
  181. keatos5067

    i dont think its doing to happen cosidering they are at times almost at the brink of civil war....it has been hapening too often lately, its only a matter of time....as just saying

    August 14, 2011 at 12:10 am |
  182. Guze

    Well I think anything is possible although not at the present rate we are going (as stated by the writer) I have not been to SA yet but I heard its a lovely place. But I think we still have the same issues in terms of education. Our population (Nigeria) is not educated even though we have lots of graduates. Some graduates can not speak good english not that this is an issue, but they spend time in school but do not learn a thing (this is the real issue). Anyway, we also need to work on our educational system. In terms of corruption, I would dare to say considering the present structure if we can all vote out, the electorate that are corrupt, we might then be able to put the economy right. From what I can see state governments are now following after the good example of Lagos state to improve infrastructure hence after a while no result, you are out. I also I think the leadership in SA is corrupt not sure (so forgive me)... I think the whites should rule I think they did a better job before now (economically). I do not think ANC is doing a good job after Mandela. As Africans, maybe what the AU should be doing is look for ways to ensure economical cooperation within Africa and then gradually the whole of Africa would be better for it.

    August 15, 2011 at 3:07 pm |
  183. Ruth

    Exactly. No one wins if the west maintains its protectionist attiude to trade. Improve trade relations. Coopetition not competition pls. Otherwise we will all end up loosers.

    August 15, 2011 at 3:55 pm |
  184. frank hayford

    i cant believe what i read, this white people are bad ooo indeed, Nigerian should check what this people are after this time, because they cant waste their pen in vain without eying some thing in Nigeria. Nigeria cant be good without dividing the that big nation because nothing some one will do will be shown banko halam still there oo

    August 16, 2011 at 10:23 am |
  185. Denny

    May the will of God be done in Nigeria, GOD BLESS THE FEDERAL REPUBLIC OF NIGERIA... . .

    August 16, 2011 at 3:59 pm |
  186. Atim Amana

    Just one thing to say to this........POWER GENERATION-POWER GENERATION-POWER GENERATION! that is the only thing that will make this statement even REMOTELY possible! without that, forget it!

    August 17, 2011 at 1:37 pm |
  187. SUNNY .H----+2348035186551.

    What a forecast,its just so unfortunate dat is having some incompetent leaders in her institute of leadership.only development has a say here for the next 3yrs if truely NIGERIA will overtake south Africa.God cannot do everything for us thats why he gave us WISDOMso its now left for African leaders to make use of their brain.MAY GOD BLESS THE UNITED STATES OF NIGERIA.

    August 17, 2011 at 4:44 pm |
  188. Emmanuel Chijioke

    Nigeria’s economy to overtake that of South Africa by 2025. My question is, is it with or without ELECTRICITY? Even God who can see both physically and in spirit,yet before he created anything in this world, he first of all said LET THERE BE LIGHT AND THERE WAS LIGHT.
    So if it is difficult for God almighty to achieve anything without light during creation of this world, I wonder who can better Nigeria without light. (1) Light is number one security that’s why both armed rubbers and winches feel more better in the night.(2) Light provides more job opportunity because many companies will comfortably stay and run their business in a country where there is constant electricity.etc.
    Or maybe what Morgan Stanley was trying to say is that South Africa should be careful otherwise their economy will go down more than what Nigeria’s economy was today.

    August 18, 2011 at 11:34 am |
  189. Josephine

    Its a welcome development. We Nigerian youths are hopeful.

    August 18, 2011 at 4:04 pm |
  190. Abdul Jabaar Juma

    To be honest I can tell that Nigerians has truly have bad reputations of crime and corruption on it own people, they always acts clever but not in the real world.

    I lives in south africa I saw few stories of crime involving Nigerians.
    However There is many crime is happening in South Africa are committed by South Africans including ATM bombing

    But there good Nigerians| people
    out there who wants to see this changes I can reads they passions on this topic, South Africans depend on it educational system
    Not oil| and if oil productions will be cut off what Nigeria will say? I saw roads in Nigeria that need lot of attention.
    Maybe Africa need someone out of this Continent to lead us? If its oil? I am not there to support than educating our young leaders today to lead us tomorrow!

    October 1, 2011 at 11:07 pm |
  191. borena

    south africa have platium, gold,cool of which we make oil,dimonds,i m tryin to say south africa is very rich in minerals, most of south african universities r on top 500 best universities in the world.49 millions of south african or 160 millions of nigerians.i think we should get facts before.yes it may happen but,i don't think south africa 'll wait and do nothing.

    December 29, 2011 at 8:01 pm |
  192. ToXic-Bee

    Mmmmm!!!! I don't get Nigerians always want to compare themselves t☺ South Africans or compete with us for that matter. Nigerians, Do not be fooled by some people. Overtaking SA won't happen. The sooner u start getting that through your thick skulls the better. Nigerians are the most corrupt people I know. According †☺ the world bank, international monetary fund and CIA world fact book, Nigeria is 6 steps behind SA. U think Nigeria is going to overtake SA over night? Abeg be realistic. And then the strike. U want subsidy for fuel loooool! Then u burn fellow country men, then it's boko haram. No peace in nigeria. Don't let these people massage u with lies. As long as corruption is there then u can kiss your useless dream goodbye. SA= Giant of Africa.

    January 7, 2012 at 7:39 am |
  193. ToXic-Bee

    Mmmmm!!!! I don't get Nigerians always want to compare themselves t☺ South Africans or compete with us for that matter. Nigerians, Do not be fooled by some people. Overtaking SA won't happen. The sooner u start getting that through your thick skulls the better. Nigerians are the most corrupt people I know. According †☺ the world bank, international monetary fund and CIA world fact book, Nigeria is 6 steps behind SA. U think Nigeria is going to overtake SA over night? Abeg be realistic. And then the strike. U want subsidy for fuel loooool! Then u burn fellow country men, then it's boko haram. No peace in nigeria. Don't let these people massage u with lies. As long as corruption is there then u can kiss your useless dream goodbye. AND SA will NOT just sit and do nothing. Think again. SA= Giant of Africa.

    January 7, 2012 at 7:40 am |
  194. Magic Toy Factory - Bubble Shooter

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    January 26, 2012 at 7:42 am |
  195. UGBOY

    i thinks this is a total joke,i htink nigerian economy is way tooooo backward with no infrastructure at all, lazy people with backward cultures,majority of the population is based on subsistance farming, oil contributing 80% which justifies the unproductivity of it's people,only 1000 mw of power generation.I thinks nigeria is too much of a a thirdworld country, and very rural. If it is to happen,may be 100yrs

    February 15, 2012 at 3:38 pm |
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    April 3, 2012 at 6:55 am |
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  198. shell james

    it is easy to blame west and other FDI 'S FOR everything but they do not force our lousy politicians to sign this unfavorable contracts and kill us all it is in their dna corruption until they dissappear from the earth the country will be a better place.... it is a shame that though blessed with resources we can do any good but harm our ownself i am still waiting to see how doing oil deals with chinese turns out a trade off for them or us God as helped us it is we finish these politicians and help ourselves...

    May 8, 2012 at 5:36 am |
  199. paul taylor

    Oil and Natural Gas are not the growth sectors in Nigeria. Agriculture, Finance, Telcom, Concrete, Real Estate, Transportation are all sectors growing because there is A. A need for 150 million people and B. Nigerian Businessmen who are exploiting the need. Dangote is a juggernaut that has increased the Concrete Production in Nigeria in 2010 from 10 million metric tons per year to 28 million tons in 2011. How does this scale up . The entire production of Cement in the UK for 2008 was 11 million metric tons. Nigeria via Dangote, Lafarge and many others added one and a half times the UK capacity and the growth is continueing. Mr. Dangote will own the largest concrete maker in the world via valuation when he goes public on the London Exchanges. Dangotes ambitions are not restricted to Nigeria as he is building huge factories in Tanzania. Zambia , Cameroun and many other places. Next will be steel .

    July 17, 2012 at 7:22 pm |
  200. Ibe

    Please how has the growth in the Nigerian economy impacted on the lives of the common Nigerian???

    A situation whereby a few pocket over 90% of the entire wealth of a country, leaving the very vast majority impoverished, malnourished, poor and hungry is, to say the least, an ANOMALY!

    Until the common Nigerian can point to the impact of growth in the country's economy; all news of such growth should be taken as propaganda without any proof. Thank you

    July 17, 2012 at 8:44 pm |
  201. ARHAGHWORE EFEMENA

    NIGERIAN;gd people,great nation.nig is D best place to live in all over the world,what people say about nigeria is not truth

    August 16, 2012 at 7:27 am |
  202. see more

    Wonderful web site. Lots of helpful information here. I'm sending it to several friends ans also sharing in delicious. And obviously, thanks for your effort!

    September 13, 2012 at 3:03 am |
  203. Jim

    I am Black and African. I see the rivalry between Nig and SA as unnecessary for many obvious historical reasons. Many Africans Diaspora feel sad about Nig because as the most populous Black Nation on Earth, Nig is in a unique position as the natural leader of the Black World. A Voice not just for Africa only but the entire Black Race. But like a talented underperforming soccer team Nig has never lived up to her full potential and continue to disappoint her expectant fans across the world. But it is puzzling that, besides the fraudulent few, the 'Never say die' and 'I can do it' spirit of the Nigerians also gives them an advantage. Even their staunchest enemies concede that they are naturally intelligent, creative and hardworking.
    Concerning the prediction, it is inevitable because of the facts on ground and what history has taught us. The reason is simple: The arithmetic and economics of population. That is what will give it to the Nigerians. China, India and Brazil all got it going for them and Nigeria is next in line. But something else has to follow: leadership -transparency and infrastructure. With the literacy rate among Nigerians (especially at postgraduate level in Maths/Science and Engineering); the prospects of untapped solid minerals, untapped Natural Gas (one of the largest reserves in the world); the emergence of Nig as an economic giant is inevitable. It is not a question of if, but a question of when. Global capital/investment follows infrastructure/market/population/skill/cheap labour and ultiimately profit. Apart from infrastructure, there is hardly any other indicator where the South Africans outperform the Nigerians now or in the foreseeable future.
    BUT, and this is an important 'BUT', whenever it happens and however it happens, it is for the good of greater Africans and I implore the Nigerians and South Africans to seee it as a healthy rivalry with a common vision: to lift Africa and Africans out of the doldrums.

    October 19, 2012 at 11:36 am |
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    January 30, 2013 at 6:01 am |
  205. dulliy

    South Africa has had nothing to offer Africa other than XENOPHOBIA...this is why their economy is contracting, Education for their future leaders failing and aggression towards Nigeria blinding their growth. Like it or not, Nigeria is gonna emerge in the FACE of the world soon as the TRUE BLACK economic powerhouse.
    Nigerians are resourceful,hard working,creative and hardly rely on their government.Scamming or whatever you call it has its origin from US,Europe etc, so fold your arms and watch how things shape out soon.

    November 12, 2013 at 5:27 am |

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