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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Anthills of the Savannah

He was the President of the Students Union. While Chris sees the visit of the savahnah from Abazon to the Presidential Palace as a goodwill delegation, Major Sam sees it as an act of insurrection to be condemned. After all, we could not have expected anything less. This power issue can also be found in most of Soyinka’s works. In a way, it causes the reader to question the truly important characters in the novel.

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Achebe describes this confusio Anthills of Savannah is a story of a nation facing the political conundrum of a new found independence. People are now motivated by the pressure of needs.

Again, we see him personally volunteer to bring the news of the gruesome murder of Chris to Beatrice and also remaining in her house to console her. Chris who is also Commissioner for Information in the governmentBeatrice an official in the Ministry of Financeand Ikem newspaper editor critical of the regime. Achebe does not hate women or feel prejudiced against the folks. anthillw


Beatrice is a Senior Assistant Secretary in the Ministry of Finance and an old friend of the two major male characters and a lover of Chris. Ikem and Ikem Major Conflict: Beatrice is particularly disturbed by Agatha’s overt wickedness despite her regular show of religiosity.

It centres on three figures: Please try again later. Anthills of the Savannah First edition cover.

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As Ikem screams in the book, “writers do not enact change, they cause headaches” or something along those lines, I can’t be assed to find the exact quoteso Achebe screams about a bunch of muddied nothing while pretending savaannah a whispering, wise sage. Beatrice resists Major Sam and tells him of similar experience she has had in London.

No wonder he tells Professor Okong that the rebellion of the Abazonians is his “funeral”. This chapter records some of the activists’ activities of Ikem which make him dearer to the people and a deadly enemy of Major Sam. This is no time to keep malice.

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.

He comes to power without any preparation for political leadership and for this reason; he seeks ideas from his friends who are mostly civilians. Chris however apologises to her when he discovers that she is crying. The divide between class manifests itself in a dense pidgin dialect that almost makes those characters too difficult to understand.

But supposing my crusading editorials were indeed futile would I not be obliged to keep on writing them?


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Even after the death of the trio, ghe is no hope for an ideal government. The Student Union leader meets Chris in his hideout and he gives him his article to counter the lie by the government about Ikem. Major Ossai is a puppet in the hand of Major Sam.

Although she is sensitive and attractive, she was not very lucky with her first husband, whose people did not accept her as a person. Ikem Osodi, the poet, seeks his meaning in words.

Among his classmates were Christopher Okigbo and Chukwuemeka Ike. After their ignoble reception, the delegation from Abazon head for a hotel room and Ikem, savajnah indigene of Abazon is invited to meet with the delegation. With Anthills of the Savannah I was very curious how storytelling can meet the topic of ruthless politics.

Anthills of the Savannah by Chinua Achebe

When Major Sam becomes a monstrous despot, Ikem and Sam become activists who champion a radical struggle to free the masses from his oppressive tyranny. They also write to the Editor of the same magazine demanding an apology for the calumnious and sensational headline about Ikem which they see as insult to students and tje guest lecturer. Inhis lecture An Image of Africa: