A Culture of Corruption: Everyday Deception and Popular by Daniel Jordan Smith

By Daniel Jordan Smith

E-mails presenting an "urgent enterprise dating" assist in making fraud Nigeria's greatest resource of international profit after oil. yet scams also are a important a part of Nigeria's household cultural panorama. Corruption is so common in Nigeria that its voters name it easily "the Nigerian factor." keen or unwilling contributors 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 prevent it. A tradition of Corruption is a profound and sympathetic try and comprehend the dilemmas normal Nigerians face on a daily basis as they fight to get ahead--or simply survive--in a society riddled with corruption.

Drawing on firsthand adventure, Daniel Jordan Smith paints a bright portrait of Nigerian corruption--of national gasoline shortages in Africa's oil-producing great, web cafés the place the younger release their e mail scams, checkpoints the place drivers needs to bribe police, bogus businesses that siphon improvement relief, 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 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 really is very unlikely to understand Nigeria today--from vigilantism and resurgent ethnic nationalism to emerging Pentecostalism and accusations of witchcraft and cannibalism--without realizing the position performed by way of corruption and renowned reactions to it.

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