I thought this was an excellent and interesting read. It is much more than a simple heist story with horror elements. The extent of corruption in Nigeria is deeply depressing as is the poverty and the treatment of widows and wives with violent husbands. There are some comic aspects which lighten the tone and add to the reader’s enjoyment: Ike’s rich businessman friend Tony Iba has a highly idiosyncratic way with the English language while Pastor Oku is positively Dickensian and reminded me of Mr Squeers, the tyrannical head teacher of Dotheboys Hall in Great Expectations. But overall Ike, for all his likeability, is a tragic figure, unable to fit into either the world of his Nigerian childhood or the prosperous world of the United States to which he aspires. The book reminded me of that classic of Nigerian literature, Chinua Achebe’s Things Fall Apart.
Ndibe earned MFA and PhD degrees from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst, and has taught at Brown University, Trinity College, Simon's Rock College, Connecticut College, and the University of Lagos (as a Fulbright scholar). He served as the founding editor of African Commentary, a US-based international magazine published by the late novelist, Chinua Achebe. In addition, he was a member of the editorial board of Hartford Courant, the oldest continuously published newspaper in the US, where his journalism won national and state awards.