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Mapping the African Philanthropic Space: Opportunities and Challenges for Development in Nigeria

This study examines the contemporary African philanthropic space in Nigeria and its role, opportunities, and challenges for Nigeria’s National development. Drawing from both primary and secondary sources, this paper argues that philanthropy has a long history in Nigeria and is embedded in the socio-cultural milieu of the people. African philanthropic infrastructures exist in both formal and informal forms and both the rich and the poor are involved in philanthropy in Nigeria. The changing socio-political trajectories in Nigeria particularly since the return to civil rule in 1999 and the astronomic surge in the number of High Net Worth Individuals have led to the establishment of philanthropic foundations by accomplished businessmen and women, sports personalities, politicians and community trusts to support the state in diverse development areas. 

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