The internationally acclaimed Nigerian author Chinua Achebe’s novel Anthills of the Savannah () is set in the fictional West-African country Kangan in the. Anthills of the Savannah. Chinua Achebe. Published ONE. _First Witness– Christopher Oriko__. ‘YOU’RE WASTING EVERYBODY’S TIME, Mr. Anthills of the Savannah has ratings and reviews. Blood River by Tim Butcher Things Fall Apart by Chinua Achebe The Poisonwood Bible by.

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What he does is to simply present women the way they are and accepted by his traditional Igbo society. Although we often see Beatrice helping Chris to fine-tune his political antenna, as far as Ikem is concerned, Elewa is only reserved for sexual gratification.

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While reviewing her childhood and her present status in Kangan, Beatrice tells the world that whatever and whoever she is in the novel is the creation of the author. You see, over the years, many critics have faulted Achebe’s negative portrayal of women in his works, especially savanna his classics: After their ignoble reception, the delegation from Abazon head for a hotel room and Ikem, an indigene of Abazon is invited to meet with the delegation.

He orders a state funeral for Chris but Beatrice is too distressed to attend the state burial of her husband. Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. He goes on to give startling personal opinion to win cheap affection and to make Major Sam hate his boyhood friend the more but Major Sam dismisses him for want of concrete evidence to his claim. However, Achebe’s achievements are most concretely reflected by his prominence in Nigeria’s academic culture and in its literary and political institutions.

She is Ikem’s neighbour’s wife. Ikem’s rants are wonderfully written.

Apart from his sinful sexual relationship with Beatrice, Chris’s refusal to reconcile with his boyhood friend, Ikem also reveals another human weakness in him.

The story chronicles Sam’s dictatorship, circumstances that serve as a parallel to Achebe’s own country, Nigeria. The novel details the events leading up to a military coup from the perspective of the president’s dictator’s inner circle of college friends. Although Anthills of the Savannah is not a religious literature, the death of Chris could be likened to the death eavannah Christ.


Anthills of the Savannah by Chinua Achebe

From the perspectives of a government Commissioner Christhe Editor in Chief of the national newspaper Ikem and the woman important to them both Beatricewe are shown a crumbling regime from both a humorous and a tragic point of view. This state-of-the-art novel is recommended to anyone who’s interested in learning more about Africa and its ethnical and dictatorial issues. It is almost like you wait for exams to get over and when they are finally over you do not know how to manage the free time since you have been so focused on seeing them through that your head is heavily blocked up with that.

However, Chris feels trapped in the very cabinet he once cherished but he sees no better alternate to staying put. Again, the age-long oppression of women is revealed in Ikem’s so-called love- letter to Beatrice. We can compare the bond between the trio with Jonathan and David in the Bible. A searing satire of political corruption and social injustice from the celebrated author of Things Fall Apart In the fictional West African nation of Kangan, newly independent of British rule, the hopes and dreams of democracy have been quashed by a fierce military dictatorship.

When Chris gets the full detail of Mad Medico’s deportation from Kangan, he tries to reach Ikem but to no avail. Jun 02, Michael Scott rated it it was amazing Shelves: This chapter reveals the callousness of African dictators who often see the constitutional rights of a people to express themselves as treasonable felony.

InAchebe was involved in a ghastly road accident in Nigeria and as a result, he lived in a wheelchair until his death in March 21, in Boston, Massachusetts, United States.

Again, Major Sam’s engagement in public execution which has become obsolete and his attempt to rape Beatrice at the party show how much moral corruption has eroded the continent. He also authored four subsequent novels, two short-story collections, and numerous other books. The two coexist often among the same people. Chapter Fifteen After the announcement by the police declaring Chris wanted, he decides to move out of Bassa for fear that some of his benefactors may hand him over to the police in order to buy their peace.


I think if I had studied this in school alongside thf history of post-colonial Africa, I would have gotten a lot more out of it.

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Among his classmates were Christopher Okigbo and Chukwuemeka Ike. This attests to their humanity. And yet the characters in this novel strive to find a meaning. The characters make political speeches, all within the context of the story; they are well-drawn characters, not merely political mouthpieces for Achebe’s own views although I off Ikem may be a partial self-portrait.

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When Major Achbee becomes a monstrous despot, Ikem and Sam become activists who champion a radical struggle to free the masses from his oppressive tyranny. When the region of Biafra broke away from Nigeria inAchebe became a devoted supporter of Biafran independence and served as ambassador chinux the people of the new nation.

Sunday represents those docile semi illiterate Africans who serve the Europeans and Americans diligently. The frenzy orgies of the police officers here is also very natural in a moment of crisis in a nation. A funny character, Okong as he is fondly called was once an American Baptist minister before he became Professor of Political Science.

Arguably, not all anthilps would be as courageous as Beatrice in a moment of temptation and “opportunity” like this.