Corruption kills?

The Nigerian Scam podcast returns to discuss the rise and fall of Nigeria’s anti-corruption movement.

Protesters at the #endSARS protest in Lagos, Nigeria, 2020. Credit Ayokanmi Oyeyemi for Kaizen Studios via Wikimedia Commons CC BY-SA 4.0.

Nigeria has a corruption problem—this is hardly breaking news. Less often acknowledged, however, is the fact that Nigeria has long had a vibrant and sometimes powerful anti-corruption movement. What are the origins of this movement? What has it achieved? Can it be rescued from the perennial limitations of anti-corruption (anti-)politics identified elsewhere in Africa and across the world? This episode examines these questions through the prism of the rise and fall of the politics of anti-corruption in Nigeria.

Sa’eed Husaini, is a research fellow at the Center for Democracy and Development in Abuja, and a regional editor for Africa Is a Country. OAG is a food security management postgraduate with a passion for revolutionary politics and discourse. He lives in Hull, UK. Emeka Ugwu is a Lagos-based book critic/co-founder of Wawa Book Review. He is also a data analyst.

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