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Topic: Critical perspectives on “corruption” and “cultures of corruption” by Daniel Jordan Smith. When most think of Africa they think of a few things, those things usually are hunger, disease, and corruption. When we think of the governments of Africa, our first thought usually is the last topic, and that is corruption. For us here in West (the Untied States, Canada, Britain or other “western” countries), we consider Nigeria to be the prime example for African corruption. Almost every person who has an email account has received an email from Nigeria requesting help to get a family member home, collect lottery winnings or launder illicit money sitting in bank accounts. While most know that these emails are fakes, frauds, they assume that the prospective victims are aware of the corrupt military and democratic leaders in Nigeria who, through corruption, gain status and get rich through illicit means and all at the expense of everyday Nigerians. The piece: A Culture of Corruption Everyday Deception and Popular Discontent in Nigeria by Daniel Jordan Smith looks deeper into the corruption, and why it happens, why it’s a way of life in Nigeria along with other similar countries. The author is a Brown University Professor who was in the Peace Corps in Sierra Leone. Prior to writing the book he returned to Africa with an NGO to the culture region of Igboland which is in southern Nigeria. While Nigeria may be an “Oil Rich” country, it citizens, for the most part don’t see that richness. Most of the country lives in poverty, and it is because of it’s leaders. Even with the countries “oil riches” rarely is usable gas ever exported. The countries oil refineries operate at very low capacity, way less then their potential, and because of this there are often gas shortages in Nigeria. Furthermore, Africa as a whole has only gotten two new refineries in the past 10 years
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