Becoming Nigerian: A Guide

Becoming Nigerian: A Guide

by Elnathan John

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Overview

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 summon, 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 read 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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781911115977
Publisher: CASSAVA REPUBLIC PRESS
Publication date: 05/01/2019
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 160
Sales rank: 658,086
File size: 310 KB

About the Author

Elnathan John is one of Nigeria's most well-known contemporary satirists. He has twice been shortlisted for the prestigious Caine Prize for African Writing (2013 & 2015). His writing has been published in Per Contra, Evergreen Review and Chimurenga's The Chronic. His debut novel, Born on a Tuesday, won the Betty Trask Award 2017. He is a judge for the 2019 Man Booker International Prize.

Table of Contents

INTRODUCTION
IN THE BEGINNING…
SPIRITUAL
HOW TO WORSHIP THE NIGERIAN GOD
HOW TO BE A PASTOR
HOW TO FLY PRIVATE TO THE GLORY OF GOD
IN SICKNESS AND IN HEALTH
HOW TO BE SICK
HOW TO DIE
TEMPORAL
HOW TO SHOW LOVE
HOW TO OWN A SLAVE
HOW TO COMMUNICATE IN TIMES OF CRISES
HOW TO CONDUCT A MEETING
HOW TO BE A CAR OWNER
WORKING CLASS, WORKING HARD
HOW TO USE A BUSINESS CARD
HOW TO IDENTIFY A MIDDLE CLASS NIGERIAN
HOW TO BE A MECHANIC
HOW TO BE A NIGERIAN WRITER
HOW TO BE A JOURNALIST
HOW TO BE A KIDNAPPER
LAW AND LAW ENFORCEMENT
HOW TO BE A LAWYER
HOW TO BE A POLICE OFFICER
POLITRICKING
HOW TO BE A POLITICIAN
HOW TO BE FIRST LADY
HOW TO BE AN OPPOSITION POLITICIAN
INTERNATIONAL CONNECTIONS
HOW TO GET FOREIGN FRIENDS
HOW TO BE A GOOD AFRICAN
SAVIOURS LOCAL AND INTERNATIONAL
HOW TO RUN A NIGERIAN NGO
HOW TO BE A BLACK SAVIOUR
WHEN IN NIGERIA…
NOTES FOR THE FOREIGNER IN NIGERIA
HOW TO BE AN EXPATRIATE IN NIGERIA
TIPS FOR THE FOREIGN JOURNALIST COVERING NIGERIAN ELECTIONS
APPENDIX AND TRAVEL ADVICE
TRAVEL WARNING FOR NIGERIAN CITIZENS GOING TO THE U.S
TRAVEL ADVICE FOR NIGERIANS GOING TO THE UK
COMMON NIGERIAN PHRASES AND EXPRESSIONS

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