This book, for me, was an eye opener to the problems in Nigeria. Chinua Achebe talks about how the main problem in Nigeria is the leadership. He did a really good job of proving that the real problem was the failure in leadership. He talked about indiscipline, tribalism, social injustice, and corruption. Even though he talked about the problems of the leadership, he still mentioned and commended Aminu Kano for not being selfish, like most of the leaders, and putting the nation's interests before his own. This book gave me a view, from a Nigerian's perspective, about the real problems in Nigeria.
I think people should definitely consider reading this book. It is a quick read (only 63 pages) and it is very influential. Along with being short, it is for the most part easy to follow and it gives a lot of details, facts, and his opinions of what is going wrong in Nigeria. The only thing I didn't like about this book was some parts in the last chapter when Achebe almost went too much in detail. In the beginning it was really interesting to me, but in the last chapter, the information and facts were harder to soak in. Even though I didn't like parts of the last chapter, I still recommend this book and I think that it is worth it to read it.
Compared to Things Fall Apart, this book is a lot shorter and is a little bit denser. They are both quick reads, and I think if Nigeria interests you, then it is worth it to read both of them. All of the books that I have read by Achebe so far have impressed me, and I think that he is not only an influential writer, but his writing is also fun to read.