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With his life crashing around him, Inspector Ugbana Dagogo is forced to face up to the choices he’s made as he tries to find his way back to his family. However, the journey will be far from smooth as he plays a perilous game with Lagos’ most dangerous man and encounters a ripple of people whose lives have been impacted by violence and corruption. Inspector Dagogo (2022)
Nigerian novelist and poet, Ibiene Bidiaque, recently published a book titled Inspector Dagogo. 
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There is never a day like the last with Ibiene; she always takes the next challenge a notch higher. Her ‘Nigerian and common man’ identity, however, is not lost here. Inspector Dagogo is a collection of short stories that reflect the realities of everyday Nigerians. As a result of the years she lived in Nigeria, she understands and knows this life completely. In fact, she enjoys writing about the ordinary lives of people who take each day as it comes.  Her books are also reflective of society, more specifically Nigerian society. Their purpose is to serve as a mirror through which society can observe itself.
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A thorough and thoughtful writer, IB leaves nothing out of her writing as she leaves no turn unstoned. A host of themes are addressed in her works, including history, politics, family, and love. In addition, as a thoughtful writer, she strives for a rich and beautiful composition by painting her pictures from different perspectives. All these, importantly, she maintains in Inspector Dagogo. This is Ibiene’s finest work of literature, yet. It is an excellent book that will keep you interested until the very end.  Her other works of literature include Loving Gladys (2020), and Yardsale (2013). She also writes about theology and the issues surrounding the modern-day church on the theology blog, No Continuing City.
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Ibiene has an MA in Criminology and Criminal Justice (King’s College London) and a BSc in Psychology (The University of Manchester). Please, do not be told about Inspector Dagogo, find out for yourself. Available on Amazon! The paperback will be available in Nigeria by July. We will keep you posted.
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This article was first published on 25th May 2022 and updated on February 15th, 2023 at 10:41 am


I am a poet. I am a moderate thinker who abhors radicalism on every front and believes that most things are relative. I am a social and political critic. I love writing, reading and international politics.

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