BY ADAOBI TRICIA NWAUBANI/BBC
Two major industries in Nigeria share similar elements of melodrama and wildly implausible plots – films and politics.
Films produced by Nollywood, Nigeria’s version of Hollywood, have uncomplicated titles and themes that tell all you need to know, such as Love Me or I Die, Festival of Blood and Mother-in-law Attack.
But if you want thrill and suspense or intrigue, the place to turn to is the equally lucrative political industry.
In January 2012, for example, the Nigerian National Assembly set the stage for a new blockbuster that kept viewers riveted for months.
Nigerians had never before heard anything as brazen. Between 2009 and 2011, we were told, a number of local oil and gas companies had obtained government subsidies totalling $6.8bn (£4.3bn) for fuel they never delivered.
Daily on live television, the investigating committee headed by MP Farouk Lawan did more than expose the scam. The committee named names. At the conclusion of the proceedings, Mr Lawan received an ovation from his fellow legislators for such excellent and thorough work.