How Not to Be a Nigerian

By Uzor Maxim Uzoatu

A sleeping giant is a bad sight to behold. Nigeria happens to be widely acknowledged as the Giant of Africa. China used to be the apt example of a giant that was fast asleep, which made Napoleon Bonaparte to reportedly quip: “Let her sleep, for when she wakes she will shake the world.” Like China, Nigeria has the population and the manpower, but sleeping sickness is the issue at stake. The sixty creative nonfiction pieces published in How Not To Be A Nigerian to mark Nigeria’s 60th independence anniversary should be read as the needed wake-up call to rouse the black giant from sleep.

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