Nigeria is a country where petroleum prices and polio are both booming, where small villages challenge giant oil companies, and scooter drivers run their own mini-state. The oil-rich Delta region at the heart of it all is, as Peel shows us, a troublespot as hot as the local pepper soup. Through a host of characters, from the prostitutes of Port Harcourt to the Area Boys of Lagos, from the militants in their swamp forest hideouts to the oil company executives in London, Peel tells the story of this extraordinary country, which grows ever more wild and lawless by the day as its crude oil pumps through our cities.
Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
Number of pages: 240
Weight: 269 g
Dimensions: 216 x 135 x 19 mm
"'Michael Peel produces a detailed, compassionate portrait of a bubbling West African nation which is certain to demand ever more of our attention as the world's hunger for oil grows.' - Michela Wrong, author of 'It's Our Turn to Eat' 'A compelling and well-written account. In this long awaited book, Peel has told the history of Nigeria and oil in a way that makes this important subject accessible to all. In doing so, he has done a service to everyone who is interested in development and in Africa' - Joseph E. Stiglitz, Nobel Laureate, Economics, 2001 'With colourful reportage and intelligent analysis, he offers a 360-degree look at a country he describes as a "brittle motor of 21st-century capitalism" - William J Dobson, Financial Times.