Anthills of the Savannah. Chinua Achebe. Published ONE. _First Witness– Christopher Oriko__. ‘YOU’RE WASTING EVERYBODY’S TIME, Mr. Plot Summary of Anthills of the Savannah by Chinua Achebe Plot (Plot is the major action in a text.) Anthills of the Savannah centres around three. The novels of the Nigerian writer Chinua Achebe present an essential Anthills of the Savannah, Achebe’s first novel in more than 20 years.

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In his letter, he carefully recants the Biblical story of creation and the traditional variant of the same story which makes a woman a culpable scapegoat for causing the fall of man and trying to cause a catastrophe to the planet earth.

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His mother Janet Ileogbunam was educated at St. However, to balance issue, Achebe again uses Ikem to advance his argument on human oppression thus: Achebe touches on the issue of a few being rich at cchinua expense of the masses.

This was the second book studied in our World Literatures in English class. I just couldn’t really latch on to the style, I guess. Feb 04, Pages.

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Chapter Three reveals yet another paradox in the act of governance. Chris who is also Commissioner for Information in the governmentBeatrice an official in the Ministry of Financeand Ikem newspaper editor critical achebw the regime. The people ask the government to help but the government refuses.

What is clear is the distinction made between the educated characters and the ‘peasants’ as they are known in an integral speech given by the Editor, Ikem. This chapter could be said to be the anticlimax of Anthills of the Savannah. Even India sometimes appears to be in similar clutches at time when the Government looks unsteady like a house of cards, ready to tumble down with the merest flicker. Although she is sensitive and antnills, she was zchebe very lucky with her first husband, whose people did not accept her as a person.

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. There are no discussion topics on this book yet. Now that Ikem is killed and the manhunt for Chris has resumed, the reader is quite curious to know what is going to happen next. After his meeting with the Student Union leader, Chris grants an interview by the BBC and accuses the Kangan antnills junta of murdering Ikem with the false pretext that he died in the custody.


Her relationship with Ikem symbolizes a classless society where there is connection between the poor and the highly educated. I didn’t dislike this book; it had a lot to reveal about the problems facing post-colonial African societies. Like Agatha and Sunday, Silvanus belongs to the lower class society. Though manipulative, it is a asvannah that teaches us to question our very instincts, and stays with us beyond just the reading of the novel. Anthills is definitely the weakest of the bunch.

Chapter Fifteen After the announcement by the police declaring Chris wanted, he decides to move out of Bassa for b that some of his benefactors may hand him over to the police in antyills to buy their peace.

Emmanuel’s intelligence is revealed when we learn that it was he who cooked a story of Chris’s escape from the country and sold it to the press in order to divert if attention of the police from looking for Chris within the country. Third, Achebe finds towards the end of the story place for his favorite theme, that of the conflict between the African culture and modernity.

Political Instability Anthills of the Sacannah is a good example of political fervour. The lack of chronology Anthi,ls gave this book a low rating because 1 it was a bit of a let down after Things Fall Apart, and 2 it was way over my head. Although Anthills of the Savannah is not a religious literature, the death of Chris could be likened to the death of Christ.

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More ahcebe and resources for teaching or studying Anthills of the Savannah. Again, I think that Major Sam has betrayed his friends who invited him to head the military junta in the first place. Professor Okong tries to win cheap popularity with the Head of State by telling him that he feels some of his commissioners are not loyal to him but the Head of State dismisses him as a gossip.

A seemingly benevolent dictator takes over from an unbiasedly corrupt “democracy”; the dictator decides to stay in power “only till conditions are restored for democracy”; people are exploited; the ruling class is full of sycophantic country brutes; intellectual opposition is snuffed out literally surreptitiously; times are ripe for another palace coup – the list in its variants tje heart breakingly similar across the TPSCDs Tin pot so called democracies of the world.


The book did have some moments of comedy, I think my most favourite quote is one of savajnah quotes about when one of the government ministers was studying in Britain, “During my first year in Britain I saw Welsh Rarebit on the menu one This is not a brilliant book.

A male guest responds: Chapter Three Chris calls Ikem on the telephone and asks him to send a photographer to the Reception Room of the Presidential Palace to cover a goodwill delegation from Abazon. Oct 02, Berit Lundqvist rated it it was ok Shelves: After an hour of thorough search, they leave without discovering the object of their search.

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One of the best books from Africa that I have read in a long while. In order to pacify him, Achebf tries to divert Chris’s attention to the need to reconcile with his friend and subordinate, Ikem. It’s a book that needs to be re-read and read slowly, methodically.

In his speech at the meeting with Ikem, he holds everyone spellbound by his speech which is occasional punctuated by proverbs and humour. That Africans accepted the subjugation savsnnah the west too readily, that they did not put up a fight.

Ze sturen een keurige delegatie, maar dit is precies de stok die Zijne Excellentie nodig heeft om een hond mee te slaan. This power issue can also be found in most of Soyinka’s works. 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.

This natural phenomenon is used in Anthills of the Savannah to symbolise the natural drought that bad government and inhumane leadership has subjected a people to.