By Daniel Jordan Smith
E-mails offering an "urgent company relationship" assist in making fraud Nigeria's greatest resource of international profit after oil. yet scams also are a crucial a part of Nigeria's household cultural panorama. Corruption is so frequent in Nigeria that its electorate name it easily "the Nigerian factor." prepared or unwilling individuals 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 state and notice themselves as their very own worst enemies, yet they've been not able to forestall it. A tradition of Corruption is a profound and sympathetic try to comprehend the dilemmas ordinary Nigerians face on a daily basis as they struggle to get ahead--or simply survive--in a society riddled with corruption.
Drawing on firsthand adventure, Daniel Jordan Smith paints a brilliant portrait of Nigerian corruption--of national gas shortages in Africa's oil-producing large, net cafés the place the younger release their email scams, checkpoints the place drivers needs to bribe police, bogus firms that siphon improvement relief, and homes painted with the fraud-preventive phrases "not for sale." this can be a state the place "419"--the variety of an antifraud statute--has turn 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 truly is very unlikely to appreciate Nigeria today--from vigilantism and resurgent ethnic nationalism to emerging Pentecostalism and accusations of witchcraft and cannibalism--without knowing the function performed by means of corruption and renowned reactions to it.
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They recognize that it undermines the country's democratic political institutions, economic development, and global reputation, yet they also realize that wealth, power, and prestige in Nigeria are commonly achieved through practices that can easily be labeled as corrupt. People frequently condemn corruption and its consequences as immoral and socially ruinous, yet they also participate in seemingly contradictory behaviors that enable, encourage, and even glorify corruption. This book examines the relationship between corruption and culture in Africa's most populous country.
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A Culture of Corruption: Everyday Deception and Popular Discontent in Nigeria by Daniel Jordan Smith