By Daniel Jordan Smith

E-mails presenting an "urgent enterprise dating" help in making fraud Nigeria's biggest resource of international profit after oil. yet scams also are a significant a part of Nigeria's family cultural panorama. Corruption is so frequent in Nigeria that its voters 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 and tear corruption does to their nation and spot 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 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 brilliant portrait of Nigerian corruption--of national gasoline shortages in Africa's oil-producing big, net cafés the place the younger release their email scams, checkpoints the place drivers needs to bribe police, bogus corporations that siphon improvement reduction, and homes painted with the fraud-preventive phrases "not for sale." it is 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's very unlikely to realize Nigeria today--from vigilantism and resurgent ethnic nationalism to emerging Pentecostalism and accusations of witchcraft and cannibalism--without realizing the function performed via corruption and well known reactions to it.

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