Let’s go through some lines in Kishore Mahbubani’s book “The New Asian Hemisphere: The Irresistible Shift of Global Power to the East”. The Singaporean scholar and diplomat talks of how the rise of the West transformed the world and predicts that the rise of Asia will wrought a deep transformation on the world.
Mahbubani says Japan and Israel as the only two modern societies in Asia half a century ago, inspired transformative changes on the the continent and set the example that the emerging economic powers in Asia embraced. He posits that “First, Japan was emulated by the four Asian tigers: South Korea, Taiwan, Hong Kong and Singapore.”
When China was awakened to the rise of countries within its axis, it joined them in its own “four modernization programmes. China’s success has in turn inspired the rise of India,” Mahbubani asserts. He says, now billions of Asians are marching to modernity.
The sporadic rise of Asian countries is the profit from a forward looking leadership class devoid of poverty of reason. Names like Jahara Nehru, Mao Zendong, Deng Xiaoping, Lee kuan Yew and Mahathir Mohammad propagated Asian values. These values constitute a dominant world view that define the globalization of the 21st century.
A leader like Mahathir Mohammed during the Asian financial crisis of 1997 led Malaysia into what Chinedu Moghelu calls frontal confrontation with globalization. He set a framework for the political and economic development of Malaysia, making the country a model of success in the new world.
Who is that transformative leader that Nigeria has produced?
Help me with the answer if you can.