Saturday, January 11, 2020

Prof. Chukwuemeka Ike, "Expo '77" and Corruption in Nigeria

Let us pause for a minute for the passing of one of the best novelists in the history of modern African literature, Prof. Vincent Chukwuemeka Ike (28 April 1931 – 8 January 2020), author of Toads for Supper, published 1965, The Naked God’s (1970), The Potter’s Wheel (1973), Sunset at Dawn (1976),  Expo ’77 (1980), The Chicken Chasers (1980), The Bottled Leopard (1985), Our Children Are Coming Home (1990),  Conspiracy of Silence (2001) and other books.

His popular novel,  "Expo '77",  was the first Nigerian novel on the consequences of examination malpractices in West Africa based on his experiences as a former Registrar of the West African Examinations Council (WAEC) in the 1970s.
And I noted it in my popular critical analysis of the Nigerian sociopolitical crisis. "Only The Best Is Good Enough For Us" - Politics - Nigeria
The rot in Nigerian education did not start yesterday, but decades ago. The falling standards can be traced to the late 1970s as chronicled by Professor Vincent Chukwuemeka Ike in his novel, "Expo’ 77", published in 1981.
I am afraid that the same Nigerian secondary school pupils who engaged in the scandalous examination malpractices of the late 1970s and were never prosecuted are now the masterminds of electoral malpractices and perpetrators of other horrible and terrible crimes of corruption, the plague of the nation.

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