When Do We Call It a BRIBE?


Hello Reader,

A quick one. A thought has been on my mind of late and I felt I should share it with you guys to know your opinion/perspective.

With all the corruption and greed in our national fabric, kickbacks and solicited payments…

Where do we draw the line/differentiate categorically between the following:

1.       A Bribe

2.       A Gift

3.       PR

4.       “Gratis”

…in Business, Government and Society in general?

Please drop your comments. I’d be glad to know what you think.



  1. I call it a bribe when you give someone money in other to get a favour, or to escape purnishment for a broken law.
    A policeman holds you at the check point for not having drivers license (which is a huge offence) you give him 50naira and you're good to go (that's bribe)
    You tip a bank official to help you clear your cheque because you cant stand the queue (that's bribe).
    You buy perfumes and chocolates for your child's teacher in school so your child gets good grades (thats bribe)
    The list is long and we all know which one we fall short to.

  2. Thanks for your comment Aj. You seem to have a good grasp of the "Nigerian" perspective. But how about a scenario where someone gives a gift or a corporate entity does some PR and it is being interpreted by the person/people on the receiving end as a bribe. How would we reconcile that?


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