Released in January 2012, The Ghost of Sani Abacha is a collection of 26 stories by Nigerian writer Chuma Nwokolo and has its setting in Nigeria. Seventeen of the stories are published here for the first time. Contrary to its title, the book is not about Sani Abacha, the late president of the country, but rather it’s a witty and satirical look at everyday human life occurrences.
A pastor and his members pay the price for their greed in Gluttony, a repentant father on death row explains why he killed his wife in The las’ foolscap, while a committed servant who was almost cheated out of his pension hits back at his masters in A History of Human Servitude.
Going Straight is about a young girl who after a nasty experience decides to stop dating married men. Man Rating is about a lady who has gone through almost all types of boyfriends and is then rating her current date with her man list. Meanwhile, A Taste for Leftovers is about two ex-lovers, whose affection for each other was broken as a result of parent interference. They discover twenty years later that they still love each other.
A Roman Job Offer is about a man who lets his wife go into prostitution because of money. A butcher bites off more than he can chew when he reacts to an insult in The Butcher’s Revenge’. A man decides to divorce his wife after a robbery incident in High Fidelity.
Ma’Rebecca’ story is about a woman twice widowed who allows the fear of what people would say about her to push her into abducting a child, while B.O is about a professor with a body odour who runs away from marrying the wrong woman only for his long term girlfriend to refuse to marry him. And in The Ghost of Sani Abacha, Nwokolo writes about a man who climbed the to the top of his political career only to become disillusioned about the grandeur of wealth.
From these 26 stories, Nwokolo brings to life various issues pertinent to life such as love, betrayal, jealousy, greed, power and pride. He weaves his stories around both the rich and poor, city and village life.