The disturbing reports of xenophobic attacks in South Africa have dominated headlines in recent weeks and predictably, the terrifying events have sparked angry reactions from Africans across the continent shocked by the violence.
Here in Nigeria, these calls have gone as far as suggesting a boycott of South African businesses as a reprisal and a bid to pressure South Africa into action. Nigeria even decided to bring back its two most senior diplomats home as a result of the attacks sparking a row between the two governments. (The diplomatic spat has since been resolved.)
With a number of big South African businesses like telecommunications giant MTN, Standard Bank, retailer Shoprite and media company MultiChoice operating in Nigeria, any sort of closure or boycott will have profound economic effects. But the bigger question is this: as far as Nigerians are concerned, will they have the desired effects?