Just As We Are, is a portrayal of the society and mood of the times. It highlight aspects of life of the real Nigerian, the lowly and the high, the haves and have-nots, the eventful, the absurd, the comic not living out the shameful imbued with meanings and interpretations in abstracts and still life. The country holds some of the world's richest mineral deposits. Despite its resourceful base, the will and ability to survive, much of the people are poorer than ever.

The problems are manifested in bad leadership, moral laxity, lack of direction, religious bigotry, widespread corruption and poor governance. The work is an attempt to awaken our consciousness and sensibilities to the harsh realities and stiffling conditions of living that some people considered non-existent in the national psyche. The collection, therefore, is not only designed to elevate what is generally perceived as common place that often are taken for granted but a mirror for reappraisal and a clarion call for reversal of the trend.
Copyright (C) 1989 by Pius Utomi Ekpei

Academy Press, Lagos