Nigerian Perspective to Development: A Sociological Discourse

16 Pages Posted: 24 Jul 2014

Date Written: July 22, 2014


The concept of development has been central issue in intellectual discourse both locally and internationally. This is so because development is a contest; multifaceted and dimensional. However, there appears to be no agreement among authors, scholars and theorists on the way for achieving development among developing countries and Nigeria inclusive. The modernist argues that for a society to develop, it must undergo the five stages of development. This sharply differs from Marxist dependency arguments rooted in social evolutionism and world capitalist system. It is upon this observation that this paper presents a discourse on Nigerian development from sociological point of view considering the fact that the road to development is hard-hitting and challenging. However, this paper concluded that to achieve desirable development in Nigeria every there must be turnaround on factors such as poverty, unemployment, human capacity building, inadequate social amenities and importantly corruption.

Keywords: Discourse, Development, Poverty, Corruption, Human Capacity Building, Nigeria

Suggested Citation

Solaja, Mayowa, Nigerian Perspective to Development: A Sociological Discourse (July 22, 2014). Available at SSRN: or

Mayowa Solaja (Contact Author)

University of Ibadan ( email )

University of Ibadan
Ibadan, OR Oyo Stase 10001

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