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With Gang Of Looters, MarkAnthony Nze interrogates political barbarity in Africa

By Guardian Nigeria
03 November 2021   |   4:06 am
Dr. MarkAnthony Nze, popularly known for well-crafted content, outdid himself this time and could not have come up with a more timely and eventful book, which now has the perfect epilogue that highlights the outcome of subsequent events.

Book: Gang Of Looters
Author: MarkAnthony Nze
Publisher: Xlibris UK
Language: English
Pagination: 114 pages
Year of Publication: 2019
Genre: Fiction

Dr. MarkAnthony Nze, popularly known for well-crafted content, outdid himself this time and could not have come up with a more timely and eventful book, which now has the perfect epilogue that highlights the outcome of subsequent events.

Gang of Looters since being published and furthermore hitting our screens in a movie adaptation has left everyone in awe at his adeptness and astute observations regarding the kind of dangerous and unproductive method of politics bedeviling the government of most countries in the world and especially, Africa and Nigeria in particular.

A passionate Governor, Kulala Bodega, having had his zeal tampered with and rubbished by the ‘Godfatherism’ kind of politics played in Endassa by Chief Timbabu and his associates, is eventually forced to go on exile when his life and that of his family faced being snuffed out if he refused to adhere to instructions given to him by the chief; ‘completely drain the coffers of an already struggling State’. His refusal is seen as a slap on the authority of the chief.

In the events that follow between the ruling party and the opposing party, the reformist party, they are both completely blown off power and to the joys of the people of Endassa, a completely new leader emerges, Athena Gruffindo.

The newly added epilogue takes us through the journey of recovery that Endassa has to go through in the wake of the election and the swearing of the new Governor in what can be regarded as a new era. Endassa was on a new ride of glory to the promising position they once occupied before the advent of the looting era which was championed by Chief Timbabu and eventually done away with by the effort of the underground paper headed by the resilient Umar Kassim and the once exiled former Governor, Kulala Bodega.

Chief Timbabu, despite having seemingly escaped, turned up injured and in a terrible condition of health at the dumpster by the INTERPOL the day after the election and got prosecuted. Cases relating to money laundering, drug dealing, human trafficking as well as multiple murder cases were pursued and he was eventually executed on the anniversary of the children parks bombing, one of the so many ripple effects of his criminal rule.

Seeing as the newly elected Governor, Athena Gruffindo, was on a mission to restructure the state, she wouldn’t let the incessant bickering at the parliament meetings between the rival parties tamper with her decision to restructure the State.

In no time, she gave a special invitation to Kulala Bodega, who was already serving as a literature lecturer while on exile, to return to his State and join her party as the chief adviser. He accepts, returns and joins hands with her in the restructuring of Endassa.

Umar Kassim on the other hand who was very instrumental in the undoing of chief Timbabu, although once thought to have been successfully eliminated, resurfaces, and joins politics. However, on the return of Kulala Bodega, he withdraws from politics and returns to running his once but no longer secret publications as well as setting up an orphanage in honour of his friend, Osawa and his family.

Everything in Endassa has now become a show of the peace and happiness that once eluded her and everyone could now be proud to call it home and be referred to as “A child of Africa” as Awiti, the wife of Kulala Bodega, now fondly calls herself.

If you loved the book, you would definitely love the way the epilogue panned out. There couldn’t have been a better ending for the chief as well as better future for the people of Endassa to look forward to. The epilogue deserves no lesser rating than a five star.