A Fatherless People: The Secret Story of How the Nigerians Missed the Road to the Promised Land tells the story of Nigeria, from its early conceptualization by British colonialists in the aftermath of the abolition of the slave trade, up to the present day.
Nigeria is a country of which much is hear and about which little is understood. The product of an ambitious amalgamation, in 1914, of three hundred and seventy-one ethnic groups in the area of the River Niger, with as many languages, to form the most populous state in British-Africa.
Its unsettled history since the grant of independence, in 1960, has seen millions killed in the Biafran war, the rise of militant emergence of Boko Haram Islamic Separatists in the north-east of the country and the return of agitation for Biafran secession by a new generation of Igbos in the south east.
This book seems to make sense of the events in this country of many paradoxes: A land of extreme poverty alongside stupendous wealth; a country where, in the north, Islamist proclaim Western education to be sin even while, elsewhere in the country, world class writers, like Chinua Achebe and Wole Soyinka; a state which democrats and dictators have taken turns to rule with little to set them apart in terms of the progress and development of the country.