Sunday, September 26, 2010
Oil on Water by Helon Habila
Bernardine Evaristo reviews Helon Habila's recent offering, Oil on Water. She avoids critiquing Habila's art; she just states what is in the book. Here's the beginning.
"A huge chasm exists between Nigeria's multibillion dollar oil revenue and the standard of living for most Nigerians, the majority of whom are dirt-poor. When oil was discovered in the Niger delta in the late 1950s, Nigeria was on course to become the richest country in Africa. But for over 50 years the corrupt collusion between the multinational petroleum corporations and the Nigerian government has meant that profits are siphoned off into Swiss bank accounts, while the rest of the country can go hang itself."