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Be(com)ing Nigerian: A Guide is a satirical collection that takes a searing look at how different forms of power are abused, negotiated, and performed both in the private and public realm. Through attempting to satirise those who abuse privilege or power, it recognises that power can be found everywhere: in politics, business, religious institutions, and in homes. From the exploration of religious hypocrisy in How to Worship the Nigerian God, to A Letter to My Future Kidnapper which tackles the growing scourge of kidnapping, the collection is a jab at Nigerian society and what it means to be a Nigerian. Beyond poking fun at the holders of power, it is a summons, a provocation, and a call for introspection among all levels of society. As it is often said in Nigeria, when you point with one finger, there are four others pointing back at you. 

This is an engrossing listen for Nigerian watchers and strangers to Nigeria alike, with its tongue-in-cheek look at Nigeria's relationship to the world, both culturally and politically.

©2020 Elnathan John (P)2020 Recorded Books

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Got to love Nigerians!

An acerbic canter through Nigerian cultures, behaviours, and challenges, with unapologetic political commentary. Foreigners don't escape either, an accurate take on 'expats' that one doesn't need to be Nigerian to understand. But also got me checking myself for 'black saviourism'. Brilliant!

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  • 05-06-20

If you know you know

All facts, I thoroughly enjoyed the sarcasm, humor and satire. An easy fun listen addressing serious topics in Ngeria. Deep reflection while laughing.