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By Daniel Jordan Smith

E-mails featuring an "urgent company dating" assist in making fraud Nigeria's biggest resource of overseas profit after oil. yet scams also are a primary a part of Nigeria's family cultural panorama. Corruption is so common in Nigeria that its electorate name it easily "the Nigerian factor." prepared or unwilling members in corruption at each flip, Nigerians are deeply ambivalent approximately it--resigning themselves to it, justifying it, or complaining approximately it. they're painfully conscious of the wear corruption does to their nation and spot themselves as their very own worst enemies, yet they've been not able to prevent it. A tradition of Corruption is a profound and sympathetic try and comprehend the dilemmas general Nigerians face each day as they fight to get ahead--or simply survive--in a society riddled with corruption.

Drawing on firsthand adventure, Daniel Jordan Smith paints a vibrant portrait of Nigerian corruption--of national gasoline shortages in Africa's oil-producing large, web cafés the place the younger release their electronic mail scams, checkpoints the place drivers needs to bribe police, bogus agencies that siphon improvement reduction, and homes painted with the fraud-preventive phrases "not for sale." this can be a nation the place "419"--the variety of an antifraud statute--has develop into an inescapable a part of the tradition, and so common as a metaphor for deception that even a betrayed lover can say, "He performed me 419." it really is very unlikely to realize Nigeria today--from vigilantism and resurgent ethnic nationalism to emerging Pentecostalism and accusations of witchcraft and cannibalism--without figuring out the position performed by way of corruption and well known reactions to it.

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