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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Chris is too reluctant to bring himself thr talking terms with his erstwhile friend. Chris Oriko poses at the opening of the novel: This book was surprisingly hard to read.

Open Preview See a Problem? 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. The logic of Achebe’s arguments are powerful and easy to understand and leaves one with utter wonder at how Africa could be laid so low despite such stunning moral clarity amongst its denizens. The people ask the government to help but the government refuses. I think if I had studied this in school alongside the history of post-colonial Africa, I would have gotten a lot more out of it.

Other characters include Elewa, Ikem’s girlfriend and Major “Samsonite” Ossai, a military official known for stapling hands with a Samsonite stapler.

Achebe strives to capture this standard template of vitiation with an orginality and passion that elicits a level of empathy and passion against the ruling elite.

After a careful appraisal of the situation and circumstances of the baby’s birth, Beatrice names her Amaechina which literarily means May-the-path-never- close. It was this mentally that drove him to the military profession when he learnt that the profession was meant for gentlemen.

Racism in Conrad’s “Heart of Darkness” became the focus of controversy, for its criticism of Joseph Conrad as “a bloody racist”. He does not only avoid public appearances but also speaks very little when he does go public. No wonder he tells Professor Okong that the rebellion of the Abazonians is his “funeral”. Achebe’s writing often has a very distinct agenda — a quality that his characters defend in Anthills of the Savannah as an admirable trait in itself, because everyone has an agenda; it is up to them whether or not it is advertised.


I managed to finish it in reasonable time. The first few chapters of the book are surprisingly fresh, sarcastic, and memorable.

If not, he would have handed him over to the police. Anthills of the Savannah presents the establishment and subsequent fall of a tyrannic yet legal regime in the fictitious country of Kangan. Unlike some of his fellow soldiers, Captain Medani mingles freely with the non-members of the armed forces. Ironically, it is during this time of drought that Major Sam denies the Abazon people access to water as a punishment for not supporting the referendum for his life presidency.

Anthills of Savannah is a story of a nation facing the political conundrum of a new found independence. Not quite long, Chris is declared a wanted person by the military junta. It is also allegorical as power, the central theme of the novel is said to be naked. After all the passengers have gone back onto the bus, Chris and other passengers resume their journey and get to a crowded rowdy scene where traffic is at a standstill.

The quest for good governance Symbols: Achebe’s novel is difficult in that there is no moral absolute. Major Sam then tells Professor Okong that he will not go out to address the delegation from Abazon, no matter how loyal their mission may be. He is an intellectual in government who still retains his sense of honour and morality even in a corrupt and wanton regime like the type we see in Anthills. And now, with a back still trembling with red stars, they allow this to continue, under dictators and tin-pot rulers.


Anthills of the Savannah

Not just flat in terms of failing to evoke an emotional response, but some parts also come across as artificial—the bits of social and political criticism which, though fascinating at times, appear to be thrown into the story rather than organically emerging from it. Beatrice’s apartment soon becomes a temporary home and centre of political debates for her visitors who have been part of her savanah in recent time. I think what Mr Achebe wants us to understand using Anthills of the Savannah as a template is that the act of governance is more complex than we think and the so-called utopian government could be far from reality.

Sunday represents those docile semi illiterate Africans who serve the Europeans and Americans diligently. As they get to the headquarters, the officials are afraid. Achebe died at age 82 following a brief illness.

Anthills of the Savannah by Chinua Achebe

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.

Sep 10, Vinicius Ribeiro rated it it was amazing Shelves: It was his fifth novel, first published in og UK 21 years after Achebe’s previous one A Man of the People inand was credited with having “revived his reputation in Britain”.

They also praise Ikem’s bold attempts to address the plight of the dregs sacannah the society through his pen. Every genuine artist feels it in his bone.