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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After Professor Okong has left, Major Sam summons his Attorney- General and Commissioner for Justice to his office and ghe him about the intelligence reports he has received that his Commissioner for Information is no more loyal to him.

He ponders on the high level of intelligence of the less educated artists who have inscribed such soul-searching words.

Beatrice seems to be a type cast on whose sensibility the destiny of the entire nation is hinged. Three green bottles may stand for the three young friends Ikem, Chris and Sam. Through these symbols, the readers may grasp the importance of the events and the political situation in Nigeria fully.

I should never have presumed to know. After a sad coverage of a public execution at a beach, Ikem writes an editorial appealing to the Head of State to amend the Public Executions Decree and the Head of State does accordingly but Chris argues that the gesture of the Head of State has nothing to do with Ikem’s compelling editorial.

Sounds like an interesting premise, but don’t be fooled.

Heinemann Educational Publishers Narrative Technique: Like water, two cultures come together in the black lake, which may stand for Nigeria. It should be noted that power without a responsibility is an abuse of power.

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The book is more concerned with making a philosophical point than in telling a yarn. A male guest responds: Standards in language are overrated. Today’s conflict in the Niger Delta replete with a Ken Saro Wiwa like character in the book is aptly personified in a series of conversations led by an intrepid duo of newspaper men. At the time and throughout the novel, it appears his Excellency is running the country as a democratic dictatorship. In that he has failed to give multitude to his thought.

He visits him only to discover that he is not in the house, which is now in shambles.


With Anthills of the Savannah I was very curious how storytelling can meet the topic of ruthless politics. We don’t hear savannnah about him in the novel.

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He was tye President of the Students Union. After contemplating the whereabouts of Elewa, Ikem’s girlfriend, Chris tries frantically to speak with the President, the Attorney General or Major Ossai about the abduction of Ikem but to no avail.

Read it Forward Read it first. Although Elewa does not show any overt romantic love for Ikem throughout the novel, she no doubt weeps uncontrollably when she receives the news of his death. Chinua Achebe Type of Work: Like Jesus, Chris gives his life that she may live. The Drought in Abazon: As an elder, he is very careful in choosing his atnhill although he is not happy at the reception given to him and his delegation at the Presidential Palace.

The central group of characters around which the novel revolves speak in a formal, perfect Wnthill.

Anthills of the Savannah

Prior to the ceremony, Beatrice who comes from an elite, Christian fundamentalist background, looks down upon Agatha, [who is] a Muslim servant, with condescension and disrespect. Oct 25, Jen rated it did not like it. In a military regime, one act of assassination always leads to another sxvannah to another, and to another and the cycle continues until all the so-called enemies of the State have been eradicated.

Not quite long, Chris is declared a wanted person by the military junta. I am laughing because in you young people our world has met its match. Anthills of the Savannah centres around three personages—Chris, Sam and Ikem.

Anthills of the Savannah is a novel by Nigerian writer Chinua Achebe. The fate of Kangan hangs in the balance as tensions rise and a devious plot is set in motion to silence a firebrand critic. 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 surreptiti One of the best books from Africa that I have read in a long while.

However at times, the different narrators do not seem too different but appear as one. As the chapter ends, Beatrice is particularly troubled by two recent developments, 1 the news published by the National Gazette that Chris has left the country in a foreign airliner bound for London disguised as a Reverend Father and wearing a false beard and 2 a police statement declaring Chris wanted in connection with the recent coup plot in the country.


Achebe describes this confusion through the lives of three political leaders and through alternation of narration tries to give a wholesome picture.

It is sad to know that whoever coined such an inciting headline neither respects nor protects their former boss. It’s probably the first novel I ssvannah with extensive use of “non-standard” English, and I remember finding it a little difficult at first. Even after the death of the trio, there is no hope for an ideal government.

As the novel comes to an end, Ikem and Chris are killed as Elewa, Ikem’s wife, gives birth to a baby who is christened by Beatrice since there is now no male figure in the family.

It seems to me that Mr Achebe uses anthills or termite mounds which are very common in Africa to symbolise independent selfish colonies which African despots have used the sweat of the people to build for themselves. When Beatrice learns saannah Elewa’s mother may not show up for the naming ceremony of Elewa’s baby, she volunteers to conduct the naming ceremony.

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Thus, she is doubly oppressed. Although Anthills of the Savannah is not a religious literature, the death of Chris could be likened to the death of Christ. You have not heard the news? After a brief arrangement, Chris is disguised and he travels to the north of the country in Braimoh’s taxi leaving behind Emmanuel to rejoin him later.

Agatha is a semi illiterate housemaid of Beatrice and she appears as a flat character throughout the novel. Upon enquiry, Chris learns from Ikem’s neighbours that some men, who purportedly came from the State Research Council, came to pick Ikem up in army jeeps the previous night.

Second, Anthills of the Savannah presents the establishment and subsequent fall of a tyrannic yet legal regime in the fictitious country of Kangan. In short, it chronicles the decay of “Sam”, a dictator of a fictional West African country, his sanity, and his military dictatorship.