Never Look an American in the Eye: A Memoir of Flying Turtles, Colonial Ghosts, and the Making of a Nigerian American - Will Edit For Food – Lying to Be a Writer Summary & Analysis

Ndibe, Okey
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Due to lack of funds, Ndibe’s magazine folds several years after its inception, despite the best efforts of its board members, most of whom are “Nigerian academics in the United States” (103). During Ndibe’s time as editor, African Commentary, although it receives critical acclaim, suffers from constantly having its utilities cut off and having trouble paying its contributors. Nnaji constantly fields complaints from the magazine’s American staff about their paychecks bouncing. He knows that they could sue, so he prioritizes paying them, whereas some weeks, Ndibe is only paid in groceries. Nnaji knows that Ndibe’s cultural attitudes, respect for Achebe, and lack of knowledge of American labor laws will keep him from suing.

Constantly struggling to pay his rent, Ndibe worries primarily about failing to provide funds to support his relatives’ education. He...

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