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Emeka’s Money: A modern parable about the impact of corruption. By Onyinye Ough

Emeka was a good man, and tried to do good things for the people he liked. Emeka worked for a State Governor in Nigeria. Although he had good intentions of using his power to help his friends and family, he learns that using public office and funds to make those close to him happy can actually harm the people in his State. Emeka’s Money is a modern parable designed for children aged six to ten years old to help them understand the impact that corruption has within Nigerian society. Written by anti-corruption and service delivery expert Onyinye Ough and illustrated by Adeniyi Odeleye, this is the perfect book for African parents to teach their children about the impact of corruption. The book aims to encourage a new generation of leaders to change how things are done on the continent.

Physical copies can be purchased in Abuja at Tarbiyah Bookstore (3rd floor, No.21 Blantyre street, Wuse 2); and in Lagos at Glendora books (Shop L07b, Ikeja City Mall, Alausa, Ikeja), Terra Kulture Bookshop (1376, Tiamiyu Savage street, Victoria Island), and Patabah Books (B18, Adeniran Ogunsanya Mall, Adeniran Ogunsanya Street, Surulere)

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Halima’s Vote: A modern parable about the impact of Vote Buying. By Onyinye Ough

Halima’s village was forgotten by government, with no schools, clinics or clean water. At election time, politicians would come with small gifts of cash or bags of rice in order to win the votes of the villagers. Halima was a hardworking woman but also very timid. Until one day something bad happened to her village that made Halima determined to stand-up for the rights of her people. ‘Halima’s vote’ is a modern parable about the impact of vote buying in Nigeria. Written by Onyinye Ough, author of ‘Emeka’s Money’ this book aims to teach children aged 6 to 12 about the power of voting and the damage caused by corruption in elections. The book aims to encourage a new generation of leaders to change how things are done on the continent. It also shows the vital role that women can play in the fight against corruption across Africa.

Physical copies can be purchased in Abuja at Tarbiyah Bookstore (3rd floor, No.21 Blantyre street, Wuse 2); and in Lagos at Glendora books (Shop L07b, Ikeja City Mall, Alausa, Ikeja), Terra Kulture Bookshop (1376, Tiamiyu Savage street, Victoria Island), and Patabah Books (B18, Adeniran Ogunsanya Mall, Adeniran Ogunsanya Street, Surulere)

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Gbagba – by Robtel Neajai Pailey

Sundaymah and Sundaygar are two siblings who live in Grand Bassa County in Liberia. On the way to visit their Auntie Mardie’s house in Monrovia, they encounter various characters in the big city and have an experience that introduces them to a very important word.

Robtel Pailey is a Liberian writer/independent researcher. Her writing has appeared in publications such as Newsweek-Daily Beast, The Guardian (UK), the Sea Breeze Journal of Contemporary Liberian Writings, the Liberian Studies Journal, Pambazuka News, New African Magazine, Front Page Africa, African Arguments, Africa Today, The Daily Observer, Red Pepper Magazine, allAfrica.com, and Mano Vision Magazine. Robtel is currently pursuing her doctorate in Development Studies at the University of London’s School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS) as a Mo Ibrahim Foundation Ph.D. Scholar.

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Jaadeh! – by Robtel Neajai Pailey

Jaadeh! is the highly-anticipated sequel to Robtel Neajai Pailey’s Gbagba, the anti-corruption children’s book that has transformed elementary classrooms in Liberia. In Jaadeh!, twins Sundaymah and Sundaygar learn about the trappings of truthfulness.

Robtel Pailey is a Liberian writer/independent researcher. Her writing has appeared in publications such as Newsweek-Daily Beast, The Guardian (UK), the Sea Breeze Journal of Contemporary Liberian Writings, the Liberian Studies Journal, Pambazuka News, New African Magazine, Front Page Africa, African Arguments, Africa Today, The Daily Observer, Red Pepper Magazine, allAfrica.com, and Mano Vision Magazine. Robtel is currently pursuing her doctorate in Development Studies at the University of London’s School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS) as a Mo Ibrahim Foundation Ph.D. Scholar.

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Nigeria: What everyone needs to know – by John Campbell and Matthew T. Page

As the “Giant of Africa,” Nigeria is home to about twenty percent of the population of Sub-Saharan Africa, serves as Africa’s largest producer of oil and natural gas, comprises Africa’s largest economy, and represents the cultural center of African literature, film, and music. Yet it is plagued by problems that keep it from realizing its potential as a world power. Boko Haram, a radical, Islamist insurrection centered in the northeast of the country, is a pervasive security challenge, as is the continuous restiveness in the Niger Delta, the heartland of Nigeria’s petroleum wealth. The former seeks to destroy the secular Nigerian state; the latter reflects the popular sentiment in the region that the Nigerian people are entitled to a greater share of the wealth it produces. There is also persistent violence associated with land and water use, ethnicity, and religion. 

In Nigeria: What Everyone Needs to Know®, John Campbell and Matthew Page provide a rich contemporary overview of this crucial African country. Delving into Nigeria’s recent history, politics, and culture, this volume tackles essential questions related to widening inequality stemming from Nigeria’s oil wealth, its historic 2015 presidential election, the persistent security threat of Boko Haram, rampant government corruption, human rights concerns, and the continual conflicts that arise in a country that is roughly half Christian and half Muslim. 

With its continent-wide influence in a host of areas, Nigeria’s success as a democracy is in the fundamental interest of its African neighbors, the United States, and the international community. This book will provide interested readers with an accessible, one-of-a-kind overview of this significant country.

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Fighting Corruption is Dangerous: The story behind the headlines – by Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala

A frontline account of how to fight corruption, from Nigeria’s former finance minister Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala. In Fighting Corruption Is Dangerous, Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala has written a primer for those working to root out corruption and disrupt vested interests. Drawing on her experience as Nigeria’s finance minister and that of her team, she describes dangers, pitfalls, and successes in fighting corruption. She provides practical lessons learned and tells how anti-corruption advocates need to equip themselves. Okonjo-Iweala details the numerous ways in which corruption can divert resources away from development, rewarding the unscrupulous and depriving poor people of services. Okonjo-Iweala discovered just how dangerous fighting corruption could be when her 83-year-old mother was kidnapped in 2012 by forces who objected to some of the government’s efforts at reforms led by Okonjo-Iweala-in particular a crackdown on fraudulent claims for oil subsidy payments, a huge drain on the country’s finances. The kidnappers’ first demand was that Okonjo-Iweala resign from her position on live television and leave the country. Okonjo-Iweala did not resign, her mother escaped, and the program of economic reforms continued. “Telling my story is risky,” Okonjo-Iweala writes. “But not telling it is also dangerous.” Her book ultimately leaves us with hope, showing that victories are possible in the fight against corruption.

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The Looting Machine: Warlords, Tycoons, Smugglers and the Systematic Theft of Africa’s Wealth – Tom Burgis

A shocking investigative journey into the way the resource trade wreaks havoc on Africa, ‘The Looting Machine’ explores the dark underbelly of the global economy.

‘The Looting Machine’ is a searing exposé of the global web of traders, bankers, middlemen, despots and corporate raiders that is pillaging Africa’s vast natural wealth. From the killing fields of Congo to the crude-slicked creeks of Nigeria, a great endowment of oil, diamonds, copper, iron, gold and coltan has become a curse that condemns millions to poverty, violence and oppression. That curse is no accident. This gripping investigative journey takes us into the shadows of the world economy, where secretive networks conspire with Africa’s kleptocrats to bleed the continent dry. And like their victims, the beneficiaries of this grand looting have names.

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It’s Our Turn to Eat: The story of a Kenyan Whistleblower – by Michela Wrong

A gripping account of both an individual caught on the horns of an excruciating moral dilemma and a continent at a turning point.

When Michela Wrong’s Kenyan friend John Githongo appeared one cold February morning on the doorstep of her London flat, carrying a small mountain of luggage, it was clear something had gone very wrong in a country regarded until then as one of Africa’s few budding success stories.

Two years earlier, in the wave of euphoria that followed the election defeat of long-serving President Daniel arap Moi, John had been appointed Kenya’s new anti-corruption czar. In choosing this giant of a man, respected as a longstanding anti-corruption crusader, the new government was signalling that it was set on ending the practices that had made Kenya an international by-word for sleaze.

Now John was on the run, having realised that the new administration, far from breaking with the past, was using near-identical techniques to pilfer public funds. John’s tale, which has all the elements of a political thriller, is the story of how a brave man came to make a lonely decision with huge ramifications. But his story transcends the personal, touching as it does on the cultural, historical and social themes that lie at the heart of the continent’s continuing crisis.

Tracking this story of an African whistleblower, Michela Wrong seeks answers to the questions that have puzzled outsiders for decades. What is it about African society that makes corruption so hard to eradicate, so sweeping in its scope, so destructive in its impact? Why have so many African presidents found it so easy to reduce all political discussion to the self-serving calculation of which tribe gets to ‘eat’? And at what stage will Africans start placing the wider interests of their nation ahead of the narrow interests of their tribe?

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Moneyland: Why Thieves And Crooks Now Rule The World And How To Take It Back – by Oliver Bullough

From ruined towns on the edge of Siberia, to Bond-villain lairs in Knightsbridge and Manhattan, something has gone wrong with the workings of the world.

Oliver Bullough is the author of two non-fiction books about Russian history and politics: The Last Man in Russia (Allen Lane, 2013), which was shortlisted for the Dolman Prize, and Let Our Fame Be Great (Allen Lane, 2010), which was shortlisted for the Orwell Prize in the UK and won the Cornelius Ryan in the US. His journalism appears regularly in the Guardian, the New York Times and GQ.

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Corruption, Anti-Corruption and Governance (Political Corruption and Governance) – by Dan Hough

Corruption and anti-corruption are now mainstream public policy challenges. Politicians and the public alike now discuss corruption with the type of rhetoric that they never did before. Perhaps surprisingly, however there remains little detailed, cross-national analysis of which anti-corruption strategies work and which don’t. This book aims to make a contribution towards redressing this imbalance.

Through case studies in six countries (Bangladesh, Kenya, Germany, Poland, South Korea and the UK) this book illustrates that those looking to fight corruption must understand that quality of governance and successful anti-corruption strategies are indelibly linked. Only when this relationship is understood, will progress in tackling corruption be made. The book is empirically rich and theoretically driven, and should be core reading for anyone interested in understanding why corruption flourishes and what works in trying to fight it.

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