Wiebe Boer is the CEO of The Tony Elumelu Foundation and has served as an associate director at the Rockefeller Foundation's Africa Regional Office in Kenya. He has a PhD in African studies from Yale University.
A man once asked God why he had blessed Nigeria so abundantly, a popular joke goes. Not only did the country have vast human resources, rich agricultural land and diverse mineral deposits, but God had placed immense quantities of oil and natural gas within its borders.
"The Horror! The horror!" the last words of the infamous Kurtz in Joseph Conrad's Heart of Darkness, call attention to one of the worst episodes of systematic exploitation and murder in recent history.
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