Magazine article New Internationalist

[A Squatter's Tale]

Magazine article New Internationalist

[A Squatter's Tale]

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by Ike Oguine (Heinemann, ISBN 0-435-90655-0)

Ike Oguine's debut novel is a sparky, fast-moving account of success and failure on two continents. Obi, an arrogant and hedonistic young Nigerian, is living the high life in Lagos, his existence defined by the consumer goods and party-going that he can afford and those around him can only dream of. When the dodgy finance company he works for collapses with huge unpayable debts, Obi is forced to flee to the US to escape the wrath of a government 'fixer' who is owed millions and is more than willing to use extreme force to extract retribution.

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In the US Obi obtains a forged 'green card' work permit with the help of his drunken, bumbling Uncle Happiness and enters the workforce at the bottom of the ladder as a night-watchman. …

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