These are the best stated 13 ways Nigeria helped South Africa in their
struggle against Aparthied in case they seem to have forgotten.
1.) Nigeria set up the National Committee Against Apartheid (NACAP) in 1960.
2.) The late Sunny Okosun composed a song called “Fire in Soweto” in 1977 to show support for the fight against apartheid
3.) From 1966, Nigeria gave material and financial support to the freedom fighters in South Africa
Then Nigeria’s Prime Minister, Alhaji Abubakar Tafawa Balewa sent
letter to South Africa’s ANC militants on April 4, 1961 showing support
for their cause.
5.) Nigeria provided $5 million to the ANC and the Pan Africanist Congress (PAC) annually.
In 1976, Nigeria set up the Southern Africa Relief Fund (SAFR) for the
purpose of bringing relief materials to the victims of the apartheid
The military administration of General Obasanjo contributed $3.7
million to the fund and Obasanjo personally donated $3,000 to the fund.
8.) All Nigeria’s civil servants and public officers made a 2% donation from their monthly salary to the SAFR.
Nigerian students skipped their lunch to make donations, and by June
1977, the total contribution to the fund had reached $10.5 million. The
donations to the SAFR were widely known in Nigeria as the “Mandela tax”
10.) Between 1973 and 1978, Nigeria contributed $39,040 to the UN Educational and Training Programme for South Africa
11.) Nigeria boycotted the 1976 Olympics and Commonwealth games in 1979 as part of our protest against apartheid in South Africa
From 1960 to 1995, Nigeria spent over $61 billion to support the end of
apartheid, more than any other country in the world.
Nigeria refused to sell oil to South Africa in protest against the white
minority rule. Nigeria lost approximately $41 billion then. $41billion
dollars. Remember this was our oil boom moment. As long as we fought
apartheid, the money meant nothing.