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The Nigerian king who served Toads for Supper


Ike will be remembered for his novels but his legacy will also live on in an important word in Nigeria’s lexicon.

Say “expo” to anyone here and they immediately know what you are talking about – exam malpractice.

Ike helped popularise the term when he penned Expo 77, a novel based on the true story of how top secret school-leaving exam papers were leaked twice in 1977.

Ironically, he was in charge of the exam board when the leaks happened, and chose to vent his frustration about the way society encouraged malpractice – from parents to students to school administrators – through his literary work

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