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2011-2012: I Do Not Come To You By Chance

2011-2012: I Do Not Come To You By Chance

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The OneBook Project encourages the Cosumnes River College's entire campus and neighboring community to read and discuss a common book during each academic year.

The OneBook CRC selection for the 2011/2012 academic year is 
I Do Not Come To You By Chance by Abaobi Tricia Nwaubani

Copies are available for checkout in the CRC Library.



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About the Book
A deeply moving debut novel set amid the perilous world of Nigerian email scams, I Do Not Come to You by Chance tells the story of one young man and the family who loves him.

Being the opera of the family, Kingsley Ibe is entitled to certain privileges--a piece of meat in his egusisoup, a party to celebrate his graduation from university. As first son, he has responsibilities, too. But times are bad in Nigeria, and life is hard. Unable to find work, Kingsley cannot take on the duty of training his younger siblings, nor can he provide his parents with financial peace in their retirement. And then there is Ola. Dear, sweet Ola, the sugar in Kingsley's tea. It does not seem to matter that he loves her deeply; he cannot afford her bride price.

It hasn't always been like this. For much of his young life, Kingsley believed that education was everything, that through wisdom, all things were possible. Now he worries that without a "long-leg"--someone who knows someone who can help him--his degrees will do nothing but adorn the walls of his parents' low-rent house. And when a tragedy befalls his family, Kingsley learns the hardest lesson of all: education may be the language of success in Nigeria, but it's money that does the talking.

Unconditional family support may be the way in Nigeria, but when Kingsley turns to his Uncle Boniface for help, he learns that charity may come with strings attached. Boniface--aka Cash Daddy--is an exuberant character who suffers from elephantiasis of the pocket. He's also rumored to run a successful empire of email scams. But he can help. With Cash Daddy's intervention, Kingsley and his family can be as safe as a tortoise in its shell. It's up to Kingsley now to reconcile his passion for knowledge with his hunger for money, and to fully assume his role of first son. But can he do it without being drawn into this outlandish milieu?


I Do Not Come To You By Chance, by Adaobi Tricia Nwaubani, is the story of young Kingsley Ibo- a Nigerian man who has just completed his education and is looking for work so that he can begin supporting his family members who are struggling through hard times. With no job opportunities available, Kingsley gets caught up in the lucrative world of Internet crime. This book is part coming of age story, part ethical dilemma, funny and very interesting. You get a unique look at life in Nigeria and Internet crime (from the other side of the computer).

To enhance your reading experience you may also want to take a look at the following resources (Please note that Cosumnes River College is not responsible for content on third party websites.):

  • Check out the Elk Grove Citizen (9/23/11) article discussing One Book!
  • Read a review of I Do Not Come To You By Chance from The Washington Post.
  • Check out the author, Adaobi Tricia Nwaubani, on African Writing Online!
  • Enhance your reading experience by learning more about Nigerian history, culture and society. These books are available from the CRC Library!
  • Have you ever seen an email scam like the ones described in the book? Take a look at this sample 419 email!
  • Read this article on the role of the oil industry in Nigeria and the effect that the oil industry has on the economy.
  • Learn about the realities of life in Lagos, Nigeria through this fascinating article from the New Yorker!
  • Faculty, take a look at this list of passages from, I Do Not Come To You By Chance, which cover interesting themes and topics for ideas on how to use the book in your classroom.


The 2011/2012 One Book Project was full of fantastic discussion, films and activities.  Here are a few photos of the student events:

Student Panel Discussion

 Student Panel Discussion

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