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There are several books on development problems in Nigeria/Africa. This one, unlike its counterparts, captures the most fundamental problems affecting Nigeria and other African countries that are similarly situated, and then offers some concrete solutions to solve those problems.
In Part I, it presents a sound critique of the three long-standing perspectives to explain Nigerias development problems, namely, the colonial legacy, the leadership corruption/mismanagement, and the lack of democracy perspectives. While admitting that these three perspectives have contributed to some understanding of the problems of development in Nigeria/Africa, the book persuasively argues that none of them is as far-reaching or as profound in its vision as that which proceeds with (a) the value system a society selects (either consciously or unconsciously) to organize its social, economic and political lives, (b) inferiority complex, (c) language, (d) collective ignorance, and (e) lack of true education the common sense.
In Part II, the book convincingly describes the prevailing value system in Nigeria and demonstrates its connection to the problems of development in Nigeria.
In Part III, it demonstrates how the problems of development in Nigeria have been worsened by inferiority complex, language/symbolism, collective ignorance, and a general lack of common sense on the part of the Nigerian leaders.
In Part IV, the book compares Nigerias situation with other countries in terms of the myths and realities. In Part V, it offers some concrete, brilliant policy recommendations and strategies to extricate Nigeria/Africa from the present social, economic and political decline.
The book offers hope that Nigeria/Africa and its governmental institutions can be better in future development efforts if and when the policies suggested in the book are implemented.
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Bedford Nwabueze Umez is currently a Professor of American government at Lee College, Baytown, Texas, U.S.A. He was born and raised in Akpugoeze, Oji-River Local Government, Enugu State, Nigeria. Umez came to the United States in May 1981. He obtained, with honors, a B.Sc. in Economics, and B.Sc. in Political Science (1984) from Southeastern Oklahoma State University, Durant, Oklahoma. He received a M.Sc. in Political Science (1986) and Ph.D. in Political Science and Statistics (1990) from the University of North Texas, Denton, Texas.
Umez's works center on political, social and economic developments of Africa. Among his written works are: "Has Social Mobilization Caused Political Instability in Africa? A Granger-Causality Test," "Modernization and Political Instability: Evidence from Ethiopia, Morocco and Zaire," "A Comparative Analysis of the Economic Performance of the Military and Civilian Regimes in Nigeria: A Time-Series Study," "Economic Growth and Democracy: Additional Evidence," and "Impact of Foreign Monetary Developments on Demand for Money: Regression Estimates and Forecast Results."
Umez is a regular contributor (of articles) to several African newspapers and magazines, including, The African Herald, African Observer, US-African Voice, The African Quest, Kwenu, African News Weekly and Houston Punch. He has published in several journals, including Journal of Economic Studies, The Review of Black Political Economy, and The Journal of Nigerian Affairs. He is the author of African Lifestyle and Problems of Development: The Nigerian Example (1995) and The Tragedy of a Value System in Nigeria: Theories and Solutions (1999). Umez has reviewed several books on American and Texas government and politics. He was a Visiting Scholar to the Inter-University Consortium for Political and Social Research (ICPSR) program, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, Michigan (Summer 1993).
Umez has delivered several papers and speeches at various conferences. He has taught African Politics, Comparative Politics, and Quantitative Research Methods in several colleges/universities.Review:
"Brilliantly written, forcefully argued, and insightfully concluded." -- Dominik Iyorlu, S. Texas College, Del Rio, Texas
"If Nigerian leaders want to move Nigeria forward, if African leaders want progress in Africa, here is the equipment they will need." -- Uchenna Ilo, University of Nigeria, Nsukka
"It is a focus on a long-term solution to Nigeria's problems. This is one of the reasons I find the book, Nigeria: Real Problems, Real Solutions, profound." -- ndugu Imeh Inyang, Ottawa, Canada -- ndugu Imeh Inyang, Ottawa, Canada
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