Anthills of the Savannah has ratings and reviews. Jan-Maat said: Lord Acton’s Power corrupts and absolute power corrupts absolutely plus life a. Anthills of the Savannah. Chinua Achebe. Published ONE. _First Witness– Christopher Oriko__. ‘YOU’RE WASTING EVERYBODY’S TIME, Mr. Anthills of the Savannah, Achebe’s first novel in more than 20 years, continues his exploration and condemnation of political corruption in.

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Unlike some of his fellow soldiers, Captain Medani mingles freely with the non-members of the armed forces. View the Study Pack.

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And there’s some commentary on some boring freshmen liberal arts “philosophy” too, all of it hamfisted. Again, he moves on to give a fair share of his candid opinion on the excesses and corrupt practices of government employees and even university students such as hectic billing procedures, theft, arson, tribalism, rioting, religious extremism and electoral merchandising.

Chapter Three reveals yet another paradox in the act of governance. He is the Commissioner for Works in Kangan. A Personal History of Biafra.

He was also hhe influential in the publication of new Nigerian writers.

Arguably, not all women would be as courageous as Beatrice in a moment of temptation and “opportunity” like this. As the chapter ends, Beatrice is particularly troubled by two recent developments, 1 the news published by the National Gazette that Chris has left the country in a foreign airliner bound for London disguised as a Reverend Father and wearing a false beard and 2 a police statement declaring Chris wanted in connection with the recent coup plot in the country.

When Beatrice learns that Elewa’s mother may not show up for the naming ceremony of Elewa’s baby, she volunteers to conduct the naming ceremony. Beatrice is an epitome of an educated African woman who takes active part in political and social affairs while Elewa is a typology of the passive housewife. The relationship between Ikem and Elewa is quite significant. Click here to sign up. Achebe writes his novels in English and has defended the use of English, a “language of colonizers”, in African literature.


Ikem then encourages the audience to ask questions so that he can expound his message. Not quite long the Army Council announces his Major Ossai’s promotion to the rank of full colonel. In the frenzy orgy, a police officer tries to rape a girl and Chris tries to rescue her and in the process, he is shot dead by the drunk police officer.

This state-of-the-art novel is recommended to anyone who’s interested in learning more about Africa and its ethnical and dictatorial issues.

anhill Like Agatha and Sunday, Silvanus belongs to the lower class society. The Student Union leader who sees this dastardly act by the military junta as suicidal promises to run two thousand copies of the article to savannwh distributed to the students. He is a professional lawyer who knows his profession and his worth.

As usual, Major Johnson Ossai, Director of SRC swings into action as he summons mad Medico, whom he thinks, has some relationship with Ikem, for interrogation and consequently, deportation.

Anthills of the Savannah by Chinua Achebe

But very little do these men know that a deadly fate still await their friend. Perhaps the point Mr Achebe tries to make here is that even in an irresponsible and corrupt military regime, there are few people in uniform who still possess some sense of sanity and fair judgment like the Police Superintendent. After a few objections, Ikem promises to oblige.

There is no doubt that Major Sam is a greenhorn in the art of governance.

Unfortunately, it is African dictators that often connive with the West to rape the continents of its numerous resources. When the Nigerian government retook the region inhe involved himself in political parties but soon resigned due to frustration over the corruption and elitism he witnessed. Upon enquiry, Chris learns from Ikem’s neighbours that some men, who purportedly came from the State Research Council, came to pick Ikem up in army jeeps the previous night.

The violence in her family can be taken as the microcosm of the violence in savannha Nigeria. Chinua Achebe is een bekende Nigeriaanse schrijver en was politiek actief kf de Biafraoorlog.

Chinua Achebe, Novelist, Poet, Critic. Despite his dogged resolution to punish the people of Abazon for not supporting him savannaah become a life president, Major Sam orders Professor Okong to attend to the delegation from Abazon off camera and to give them false hope that their petitions will be looked into.


A funny character, Okong as he is fondly called was once an American Baptist minister before he became Professor of Political Science. His burial attracted people from all walks of life, both friends and foes, who eulogised him as a gallant writer and the father of African Literature.

To see what your friends thought of this anthilk, please sign up. Unlike other female characters in the novel, she is not only well educated but also intelligent. Maar Achebe spaart zijn mede-Afrikanen thr.

It seems to me that Mr Achebe uses anthills or termite mounds which are very common in Africa to symbolise independent selfish colonies which African despots have used the sweat of the people to build for themselves.

Like Jonathan in the Bible who tried to save David’s saavannah from Saul, Emmanuel and Braimoh are godsends who help Chris to escape from the domain of Major Sam, his mortal enemy.

Savannh, rather slyly though, raises the specter of a largely apathetic populace equally to blame for its wanton complicity in enabling brutality.

Anthills of the Savannah

Even now, most of his actions and reactions are governed by his own perception of the outside world, especially the English people. Whilst not as famous as Achebe’s first novel ‘Thing Set in the fictional West African country of Kangan soon after a military coup, Anthills of the Savannah is Achebe’s great literary satire of his own Nigeria.

Personally, I see this chapter as the making of Achebe’s central female character in Anthills of the Savannah. I don’t know if Achebe’s critics would have wanted him to exaggerate his female characters by dressing them in foreign outfits.

The novel follows three characters through this maelstrom.