'Of all of my memories of ... Nigeria the most lasting is that of the endless roads' (Robert Collis 1970)
I stumbled across this book with a wonderful chapter on roads and driving in Nigeria, Robert Collis' (1970) Nigeria in Conflict. Collis worked as Head of the Paediatric Department at the Medical School in Ibadan and Professor of Paediatrics in Lagos. In many ways it is just another account of Nigeria by an expatriate working there in the late 1950s. However, it is well written. – There is for example a rather incriminating account of a conversation he had with an English businessman operating in Nigeria in the chapter on corruption:
'One simply can't get anywhere … without bribing one's way right down the line. These Nigerians are sharks!'
'Isn't it worse for you who imagine yourself a Christian gentleman … to be giving bribes than it is for these dishonest chaps to accept them?' I asked.
'Look,' he said angrily, ' if I didn't the Americans would.'
(Collis 1970: 184)