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I Do Not Come to You by Chance (original 2009; edition 2010)

by Adaobi Tricia Nwaubani

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Title:I Do Not Come to You by Chance
Authors:Adaobi Tricia Nwaubani
Info:Phoenix (2010), Paperback, 368 pages
Collections:Read but unowned, Fiction
Tags:zb2011, zfbubl, zr2011, nigeria, africa, 419ers, 2010, humor, zgone, zgox

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I Do Not Come to You by Chance by Adaobi Tricia Nwaubani (2009)



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In the tradition of Achebe's "No Longer At Ease," Nwaubani traces the path of Kingsley, a young university graduate in Nigeria whose parents have taught him the virtues of hard work and getting an education, but who is gradually drawn into the strange world of email fraud. A great read. ( )
  kaitanya64 | Jan 3, 2017 |
Entertaining but still deep, in its way. I really liked this novel about a poor Nigerian engineer who can't find a job and gets swept up in his uncle's 419 cash schemes. ( )
  laurenbufferd | Nov 14, 2016 |
'Do you think this is the sort of life I wanted to live? Do you think I had much choice?', 6 Nov. 2012

Light but entertaining read following a promising young Nigerian Chemical Engineering graduate Kingsley. Although he's followed his parents' advice, he finds things just aren't working out - he can't get a job without having friends on the inside. His being reliant on pocket money is causing his beloved Ola to start looking elsewhere. And when his father falls ill, he's forced to ask for money from Uncle Boniface aka 'Cash Daddy'. This uncle has made a fortune from internet scamming and soon offers his nephew a job. Will the respectable Kingsley overcome his decent upbringing?
Quite humorous in parts; the crazy scams that take in a few white recipients. Also makes you think about the background of the senders in a country where there's no welfare and you have to fend for yourself. It's not great literature but it absolutely kept me reading! ( )
  starbox | Jul 9, 2016 |
This was exactly the type of world lit book I enjoy reading. It is set in Nigeria and written by a Nigerian, so it felt like I was reading the story from within, from that perspective. It disobeyed all the rules of how to write about Africa, set out in that tongue-in-cheek Granta article several years ago ( http://www.granta.com/Archive/92/How-to-Write-about-Africa/Page-1 by [a:Binyavanga Wainaina|681372|Binyavanga Wainaina|http://www.goodreads.com/assets/nophoto/nophoto-M-50x66-e07624dc012f2cce49c7d9aa6500c6c0.jpg].

The story centres around a likeable fellow from an honest and hard-working family who highly value education. Despite getting his engineering degree, he can't get a job, and he eventually falls into the 419 scamming industry, working for his highly successful uncle.
It is fascinating to learn more about that scam, and how it is perceived in Nigerian society, but the book is really about how the young man balances the expectations and beliefs of his family with his own desires. It gave a sense of what life is like for some people there. It was often light-hearted and funny.

"There were many possible explanations for the atrocious traffic in Lagos—population explosion, insufficient mass transit, tokunbo vehicles going kaput, potholes in the roads, undisciplined drivers, random police checkpoints, and fuel queues. But in Cash Daddy’s opinion, the go-slow started whenever the devil and his wives were on their way to the market. I think he was right."

A highly enjoyable and well-written book, recommended. ( )
  TheBookJunky | Apr 22, 2016 |
Excellent novel about a young well-educated man in Nigeria who is frustrated to find that even with his university degree he's not able to take on his responsibilities as the first son--providing for his parents and siblings. When tragedy strikes his family he turns to a wealthy uncle who makes his money, among other ways, through 419 scams, those ubiquitous emails promising untold riches in exchange for bank account information.

I've read a number of African novels lately that I had some trouble "getting the rhythm of" if that makes sense--although I've enjoyed them--and I can't tell if that's because I am inexperienced with African novels or because of the writing. (I think the former is most likely.) In this case this Western reader at least had no problem like that. I learned a lot about what goes on behind those spam emails--something I'd never really thought of before--and the depiction of life in Nigeria, especially for those who are not wealthy seems pretty accurate. ( )
  CydMelcher | Feb 5, 2016 |
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Searching for an engineering job that will enable him to support his family, recent Nigerian university graduate Kingsley turns in desperation to his uncle, who runs a successful e-mail scam company and who reveals unexpected consequences for the cash loan Kingsley has reluctantly accepted.… (more)

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