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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This form of government, however, is challenged throughout the novel and results in a conflict between the politicians, the friends and the country as a whole.

But very little do these men know that a deadly fate still await their friend. 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. This is usually the trend in the country.

Anthills of the Savannah Summary & Study Guide

We don’t meet her when she is alive and for this reason, we cannot really scrutinize her character. Lists with This Book. Browse all BookRags Study Guides. In conclusion, symbols and images are made use of efficiently in order to savannha the problems of postcolonial Nigeria by Chinua Achebe in the Anthills of the Savannah. She is a journalist who works with the American United Press.

He is Chris’s cook. He however warns him that no information about the petition should be published and there should not be any television coverage. Enter the email address you signed up with and we’ll email you a reset link.

Agatha is a semi illiterate housemaid of Beatrice and she appears as a fhe character throughout the novel. By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy. Copyrights Anthills of the Savannah from BookRags. Arguably, Emmanuel does all these not only to protect Chris but also to protect himself from the police. Violence and tortures in Nigeria are further expressed in the following words in the novel: Log In Sign Up. But supposing my crusading editorials were indeed futile would I not off obliged to keep on writing them?


Open Preview See a Problem? The anthills of the title, an image re-used throughout the novel, are manyfold. Although Anthills of the Savannah is not a religious literature, the death of Chris could be likened to the death of Christ. Achebe concerns himself with the questions of how such situations are allowed to arise in Africa.

In fact, his tirade sounds like a cabinet gossip. The story is a slow burn.

There is a rumour that he is one of the smugglers with fifty companies and a bank. Achebe touches on the issue of a few being rich at the expense of the masses. Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account. When the words and actions of Ikem and Chris have failed, it sqvannah the words and actions of Beatrice that will alter civilisation in Kangan.

He is more or less a svannah.

The visit is not covered by the media for fear of not wanting other tribes to follow suit. Not only in terms of the comparisons between how they live, but also in their speech itself. He is a minor character in the novel. It is this abuse of power Achebe is much concerned about. He decides to crusade against public executions immediately after attending one as a savanjah of the state-owned newspaper.

In fact, the police are celebrating the demise of Major Sam’s regime. The story chronicles Sam’s dictatorship, circumsta This was the second book studied in our World Literatures in English class.


This was the second book studied in our World Literatures in English class. There is no universal conglomerate of the oppressed. 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.


After the extermination of colonialism, neo-colonialism came with its attendant evils. His mother Janet Ileogbunam savvannah educated at St. 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 think Ikem may be a partial self-portrait.

Tensions escalate through the novel, culminating in the assassination of Ikem by the regime, the toppling and death of Sam and finally the murder of Chris. Inhe savahnah an admission into University College, Ibadan in Southwest Nigeria where he was intent on reading Science and Medicine, but he soon changed to Literary Studies and received his Bachelor of Arts anthilk English in Elewa’s newborn baby at the end of the novel is a symbol of hope and regeneration not only for Beatrice and Elewa but also for the people of Kangan.

This book bored me big time. In fact, the only time they come close to being together in the novel is when Ikem visits the delegations from Abazon.

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