Written by Carole Enahoro
Format: Hardcover, 480 pages
Publisher: Random House Canada
ISBN: 978-0-307-35690-1 (0-307-35690-6)
Pub Date: May 11, 2010
About this Book
A dark comedy about disaster capitalism, cutthroat office politics, vicious sibling rivalry, hapless do-gooderism and the corporatization of water.
When a humanitarian catastrophe strikes Nigeria, an unforgettable cast of Machiavellian opportunists and quixotic do-gooders swoop in to make the most of the tragedy.
Some time in the near future, Kainji Dam, the engineering marvel that is the pride of Nigeria, collapses, killing thousands of villagers. The Minister of Natural Resources can hardly believe his luck - now he can make a bid for the presidency. On the other side of the world, the grimly ambitious executive of a water company also sniffs an opportunity - to make her bosses happy by privatizing a major African river. Her sister, Barbara, who has never encountered a cause she wouldn't carry a placard for, joins forces with Femi Jegede, a charismatic Nigerian activist whose family was swept away in the disaster. The result: a wickedly satirical romp along a road to hell paved with both good and bad intentions. Brazen, hilarious and sublimely written, Carole Enahoro's debut novel is simply dazzling.
About the Author
Carole Enahoro from the popular Enahoro family of Uromi, Edo state, was born in London of a Nigerian father and an English mother, and grew up in Nigeria, Britain, and Canada. Her family has been involved in Nigerian politics, diplomacy, and journalism since Nigerian independence. After university, she worked as a film/TV producer and an art history lecturer in Britain and Canada. She is currently working on a PhD at University College London (UCL) researching satire and Nigerian urbanism, and shares her time between Canada, Britain and Nigeria