How a Political and Economic Integration Can Transform Igboland into an African Economic Hub

by Chinedu George Nnawetanma

Igboland is an ethnocultural region in the present-day southeastern Nigeria. It differs from the South East Geopolitical Zone of Nigeria in that it encompasses both the zone and other adjoining territories of the eponymous Igbo ethnic group.

With an estimated 35 million inhabitants, it is comparable to the US state of California in population and would be the 12th most populous country in Africa were it independent, surpassing the likes of Ghana, Angola, Côte d’Ivoire, Cameroon, Senegal and Zambia.

A repository of natural resources, including coal, natural gas, petroleum and arable land, in addition to its wealth of human capital, Igboland is well-equipped to become one of Africa’s foremost engines of growth and development. However, repeated failures in optimising these human and natural resources have seen it serially underachieve. Continue reading