The House My Father Built
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Imprint: Kamsi
ISBN: 978-978-52842-1-8
Language: English

The House My Father Built

by Adewale Maja-Pearce


Synopsis

When he moved into the house his father left him, Adewale Maja-Pearce figured it wouldn’t be any problem to persuade the tenants to move out. After all, he had given them a year’s notice, rent free. But, as it unfolds in this book, it would cost him a lot more to take full possession of his inheritance.

At every turn his tenants plot to outwit him. They steal electricity meters, bribe judges and lawyers – including his – and hire policemen and assassins.

Maja-Pearce’s adventures as a novice Lagos landlord are more than a hilarious depiction of the lawlessness of Nigerian everyday life, they are “an accurate reflection of the shenanigans being played out in the larger political arena.” In the end, the ordeal to make his father’s house his own proves invaluable to Maja-Pearce’s growth, not only as a landlord but more so as a Nigerian getting re-acquainted with his father’s land.

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The House My Father Built

by Adewale Maja-Pearce


Synopsis

When he moved into the house his father left him, Adewale Maja-Pearce figured it wouldn’t be any problem to persuade the tenants to move out. After all, he had given them a year’s notice, rent free. But, as it unfolds in this book, it would cost him a lot more to take full possession of his inheritance.

At every turn his tenants plot to outwit him. They steal electricity meters, bribe judges and lawyers – including his – and hire policemen and assassins.

Maja-Pearce’s adventures as a novice Lagos landlord are more than a hilarious depiction of the lawlessness of Nigerian everyday life, they are “an accurate reflection of the shenanigans being played out in the larger political arena.” In the end, the ordeal to make his father’s house his own proves invaluable to Maja-Pearce’s growth, not only as a landlord but more so as a Nigerian getting re-acquainted with his father’s land.


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