His son Calamatus continues his father's diary and his attempts to assert his status. Poverty is not his problem, since he has carried out a successful 419 scam and is rolling in cash, buying cars and fridges left, right and centre. He uses his money to force acceptance by the village, but he has a secret failing that no amount of money can fix and when that becomes public he too seeks a catastrophic end.
Abel, an aspiring writer, usually tries to avoid confrontations, but he has been left an impossible legacy by his father and brother...
Diaries of a Dead African is a tragicomedy, at the same time shockingly bleak and startlingly funny. It exploits the juxtaposition of the traditional and modern in Nigerian society and the psychological stresses those impose. It is not a novel "set in" West Africa, however, with a bit of decorative local colouring, but a novel which wouldn't make much sense anywhere else, with a distinctive language reflecting ways of thinking as well as a completely compelling setting.
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