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There are lots of gems in Africa, and writing is one of them. I’m a big reader and supporter of African writers. With giants and pioneers like Chinua Achebe and Ngũgĩ wa Thiong’o; you don’t have to look too hard to find great fiction and non-fiction to read and be richly entertained.

Reviewed: No Longer At Ease - Chinua Achebe

Book: No Longer At Ease. By Chinua Achebe

Obi was very smart in school as a young child. He was chosen by his own people and sent abroad to study. His time No Longer at easeabroad to a large extent was a failure. Upon return, he still holds a lot of promise and is poised to succeed. Instead, he faces more troubles and challenges.

With ambivalence towards his traditional culture and customs, he attempts to emulate European customs to demonstrate he is ‘advanced’. Obi was a man of admirable ideals, but when the going got tough, his values was broken. He took bribes and corruption which eventually lead to his inevitable downfall.

The story overall symbolizes the pressures and difficulties faced by someone who appears to embody an African success story. Yet, he is taken down by the propensity for corruption around him, fueled by obligation to support one’s clan, community and people.


  • As novel begins, we are introduced to a scene in the courtroom that makes us wonder, why does a man trained, well educated and with a good job face such a fate.
  • It is possible to have the world at your feet, but still be able to screw things up.
  • Obi is a very talented, well intentioned and educated graduated returning studies in England.
  • He had gone there through scholarship (loan) money from this village people.
  • Upon return, he had to establish a life for himself and repay that money.
  • Obi into the system of his country, and despite his good intentions, circumstances after circumstances started going wrong for him.
  • Holding strong to his ideals, he attempts to defy tradition in order to find his true love.
  • With time, relationship with his fiance crumbles and his financial situation is a complete disaster.
  • Despite his good job, at the end of the month he barely has money to live to the expectation of his class, not to talk of paying his loans and giving back to his family.
  • Obi employs strict austerity measures too, stops paying his back his scholarship loans and lives on a tight budget at home, but that doesn’t help either.
  • Soon he find himself digging deeper into one hole after the other.
  • Despite his bad romantic and financial situation, corruption around him continues and the temptation grows even bigger.
  • Obi caught between two world and two realities. He either stays true to his ideals and struggles through all the hardship that befalls him, or give in and take bribes as quick way to resolve issues.
  • The pressure eventually gets too much, he caves in and takes bribe.
    One, then two, then many to take care of his financial situation.
  • Still sticking to his ideals, Obi never felt comfortable with the situation, was ready to stop.
  • Just then, as he took the last bribe, he was caught in a sting operation, and his whole world comes crashing before him.
  • And then we are made to wonder, why does a man trained, well educated and with a good job face such a fate.
Things Fall Apart - Chinua Achebe

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Arrow of God - Chinua Achebe

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The River Between - Ngugi Thiong'o

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Petals of Blood - Ngugi Thiong'o

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Heart of Darkness - Joseph Conrad

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Entrepreneur Podcasts

Foundation  ***If you are an entrepreneur or just aspiring, then you need to head out to this link and watch the videos. Every single one of them! You will learn more from there than anything you might get by reading my blog.

The Top Entrepreneurs in Money, Marketing, Business and Life

The Tim Ferriss Show

Entrepreneur on Fire  | Entrepreneurs on Fire

The Smart Passive Income

Online Marketing Made Easy with Amy Porterfield

ProBlogger Podcast

The James Altucher Show

Mixergy – Startup Stories with 1000+ entrepreneurs

The #AskGaryVee Show

The Smart Business Revolution Podcast

StartUp Nation

Solo Smarts

Entrepreneurial Thought Leaders

HBR IdeaCast

Knowledge@Wharton

Manager Tools

CEO Exchange

Get-It-Done Guy’s Quick and Dirty Tips to Work Less and Do More

StartupGrind

Smart People Podcast

The Solopreneur Hour

Freakonomics

BulletProof Radio

Hack the Entrepreneur

#AskGaryVee Show

Stuff you should Know

PRI’s The World


Podcasts for Entrepreneurs

The Foundation

Mixergy Startup Stories

Eventual Millionaire

All in: Elevating Your Leadership Game

This Week in Startups

Beyond the To-Do List

Entrepreneur on Fire

London Real 

How to Start a Startup

Smart Passive Income

Tropical MBA

The Entrepreneur Effect

This Is Your Life

1 Day Business Breakthrough


Startup Podcasts

Name

Summary

Ventured From Kleiner Perkins: Randy Komisar and friends. Check out Bill Campbell episode.
How to Start a Startup The biggest names in Silicon Valley take on a topic in this Stanford lecture series
Startup Podcast Following 1 startup a year, NPR-style storytelling
Entrepreneurial Thought Leaders More talks at Stanford by Steve Blank, Elon Musk, Reid Hoffman, etc.
Traction Getting growth between seed and A round
Dorm Room Tycoon The biggest names, interviewed skillfully
Work in Progress 37 Signals execs talk openly and honestly about running the company
Design Details Podcast Designers at GoPro, Etsy, Pinterest talk shop
Product People Emphasis on virality and engagement; Aimed at bootstrappers
UX and Growth Podcast Hubspot Designers/Developers talk their subjects
A16Z A16Z partners talk about current tech topics
Tech In Boston Interviews of players in the Boston tech ecosystem
Bothsides TV Mark Suster and guests. I’ll consume anything Mark puts out.
Intercom.io Podcast Product management, design, and marketing
Exponent Tech and Society: Ben Thompson and James Allworth’s weekly discussion
The Tim Ferriss Show Author/investor Tim Ferriss interviews world class performers
Foundation with Kevin Rose Terrific TV from the very connected investor Kevin Rose
Founder Calls with Aaron Levie Fun but still meaty. Aaron Levie of Box interviews his peers
Re/Code Decode More journalism than education:stars interviewed by Kara Swisher
The Rocketship Podcast Lots of accelerator grads and MDs; ability to search by topic
Venture Studio Dave Lerner’s terrific interviews primarily with NY-based investors
Customer Success Radio Interviews about growth and metrics with solid guests
The Growth Show (Hubspot) Interviews from Warby Parker to Facebook to AirBnB to Heady Topper
The Startup Chat Two pros chat about SaaS, metrics, Growth
VentureBeat’s What to Think Tech news
Full Ratchet Interviews with partners at Spark, Social Capital, other cutting edge VCs
This is Product Management Everything through the eyes of Product. One guest per week
Hallway Chat Fun. Two Spark Capital VCs discuss trends. (But most shows dated)
Million Dollar Insights Top SaaS practitioners interviewed
Tech.eu Discussion of European startup news
The Pitch Like SharkTank, with guest VCs–easy, fun listening
Collective Wisdom for Tech Startups VCs doing a deep dive with startup CEOs
From Scratch Podcast Half startup gods, half inspirational people from the real world
Product Hunt Radio Hippest podcast going, interviews by Ryan Hoover.
Reboot CEOs baring their souls to Jerry Colonna, a top Executive Coach
The James Altucher Show Quirky writer/entrepreneur interviews A-listers
HBR IdeaCast HBR editors discuss their articles–can be dry
Venture Voice Plenty of interesting guests–albeit from 7 years ago
Startup Grind Live interviews from conferences of bigger names
Seedcamp Podcast Good guest list, mostly Americans being interviewed by British accelerator
Startups for the Rest of Us Small business approach rather than venture-backed startups
LeanStartupCo Interviews with practitioners of Lean Startup techniques by Eric Ries & co
Acquired Tech acquisitions that actually went well
Mixergy From big names to unknowns–check transcripts first. More details below.
The App Guy Podcast Startup discussion revolving around mobile apps
TwentyMinuteVC VCs fawned over by an overenthusiastic Brit.
Developer Tea Quick topics for coders
This Week in Startups The best guests ever. The polarizing Jason Calacanis as host. Highest highs, frequent lows
The O’Reilly Data Show Podcast Data Scientists. Pretty dry.
500 Startups Podcast Not as good as their YouTube stuff. Discontinued?
The Talk Show with John Gruber Discussion with Guest Pundits. Too longwinded and rambling
Hack the Entrepreneur mixed crowd
Hack to Start Plenty better than this
Seth Godin’s Startup School Very basic. One topic per lecture. If you like Godin (I don’t), it’s an A-
NYRD Radio A discontinued but fun podcast with Alexis Ohanian of Reddit
Perpetual Traffic Panel discusses getting paid traffic to websites.
Startup Nation Israeli entrepreneurs
Women Who Startup Radio Panel style discussion of, by and for women entrepreneurs
Startup School Radio Interviews mostly of YC alums and staff
Angel Insights European/British Angels
The Competitive Edge A few good names, but generally schlocky
SaaS Revolution Show Probably the weakest of the SaaS specialty broadcasts, but not just SaaS
She Did It Her Way Interviews with female entrepreneurs
The Gently Mad “Inspirational” startup stories with soul-searching
The Slow Hustle Podcast Founder lessons on “managing the pendulum swing”
Ask Gary Vee Over-caffeinated celebrity-investor host offers good insights delivered like AM radio. Not my style, but plenty love him.
Angel Investing with Tatyana Gray For beginning angels…by a relatively new investor.
Entrepreneur on Fire Popular for reasons beyond me. Pass.
Steve Blank Podcast Voice-overs of Steve’s blogposts by other people
Zen Founder The soft stuff: how to survive as a founder, by a psychologist
The Struggling Entrepreneur For solo, underfunded entrepreneurs
Go For Launch Total “Get Rich Quick” crap. Avoid at all costs

More to come.

Course Report: Resource for finding coding bootcamps.

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