Reporter’s Notebook: Poverty and Corruption in Nigeria

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PORT HARCOURT, Nigeria — If there’s one thing Nigerians can agree on it’s their affinity for the “Crocodile Hunter.” Everywhere I went in the country televisions were tuned to the Animal Planet channel, which more often than not aired reruns of the late Steve Irwin. During my weeks-long assignment in the poverty-stricken and often violent West African country, I watched Nigerians marvel as Irwin handled a venomous snake from the African bush, inspected the toes of an aged land tortoise in the Galapagos Islands, and of course, wrestled a crocodile from his native Australia. Good drama, for sure, though why […]


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