What It Takes

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by Lola Akande

 

What It Takes is a sad, vivid expose, of a typical Nigerian University doctorate programme that gleefully cannibalises the best of its own. It is a story of discouragement of excellent academic pursuits, depicting the prevalence of favouritism, ethnicity, nepotism, corruption, lust, needy culture and other negative tendencies currently ravaging the knowledge industry in Nigeria.

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What It Takes is a sad, vivid expose, of a typical Nigerian University doctorate programme that gleefully cannibalises the best of its own. It is a story of discouragement of excellent academic pursuits, depicting the prevalence of favouritism, ethnicity, nepotism, corruption, lust, needy culture and other negative tendencies currently ravaging the knowledge industry in Nigeria.

The Heroine, Funto Oyewole, a middle-aged and ambitious woman, tells her own story about her dreams, hopes, aspirations, enthusiasms, disappointments and misery as a doctorate student, and how her zeal, high energy and enthusiasm are gradually replaced by frustration and despondency, which hasten her aging process, as her hope of earning a PhD through hard work becomes increasingly elusive.

Lola Akande’s What it Takes is a bold, moving fiction written with literary grace. This novel mirrors the ugly reality that characterises the PhD experience of probably most Nigeria’s universities.

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9789789183999

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Dr Lola Akande is the author of In Our Place, What It Takes and Camouflage.

Lola Akande holds a PhD in English with specialization in Prose Fiction. She teaches African Literature in the Department of English, University of Lagos. She is an urban literary analyst.

 

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