Past event

Research Event

A Swamp Full of Dollars: Pipelines and Paramilitaries at Nigeria's Oil Frontier - Book Launch

Chatham House, London

Africa Programme

Participants

Michael Peel, Legal Correspondent, The Financial Times
Helima Croft, Commodities Research, Barclays Capital

Overview

Michael Peel's book claims that the oil-rich Niger Delta is at the heart of a country where petroleum and polio have both boomed, where small villages challenge giant oil companies, and scooter drivers run their own mini-state. Peel tells the story of how this extraordinary country has been shaped by the crude that pumps through western cities. The author claims that for a rich world growing ever more anxious about where its new oil will come from, there is something resonant and troubling in Nigeria's metamorphosis from pillar of Western industrial prosperity to lawless emblem of a rapacious age.