The Anthills of the Savannah Community Note includes chapter-by-chapter summary and analysis, character list, by Chinua Achebe The novel Anthills of the Savanah is a socio-political commentary set in the fictitious nation of Kangan. : Anthills of the Savannah (): Chinua Achebe: Books. Anthills of the Savannah and millions of other books are available for. Mar 22, 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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Discuss this assertion with close reference to 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.

The fate of Kangan hangs in the balance as tensions rise and a devious plot is set in motion to silence a firebrand critic. After his meeting with the Student Union leader, Chris grants an interview by the BBC and accuses the Kangan military junta of murdering Ikem with the false pretext that he died in the custody.

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Chapter Ten While preparing to visit Mad Medico swvanna Elewa, Ikem is greeted by two men who turn out to be taxi drivers. The notorious Posts and Telegraphs employee in the next flat where Ikem lives.

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We see this happen many times in Africa when a military junta is overthrown. The rest is a meandering, third-rate political satire that nobody has wnthills for, and that nobody can learn from. After graduation, he worked for the Nigerian Broadcasting Service and soon moved to the metropolis of Lagos. One sacanna the Chairman of the Taxi Drivers’ Association while the other, who leads the way, happens to be the taxi driver who drove Elewa home from Ikem’s house a week earlier.

The novel was well received by critics. The people ask the government to help but the government refuses. The simplistic remedies touted by all manner of salesmen including some who call themselves artists will always fail because of man’s stubborn antibody called surprise.


As it is often the case, the duo becomes the arch enemy of the state who must be martyred for the collective interest, which is personal interest in reality. Also a fugitive wanted by the police, Emmanuel has come to join Chris in his hideout in the GRA and he is now Chris’ aide-de-camp.

Sounds like an interesting premise, but don’t be fooled. Radical Struggle Another major theme I have found in Anthills of the Savannah is radical struggle which is ongoing in the continent. But they are not the only ones. A funny character, Okong as he is fondly called was once an American Baptist minister before he became Professor of Political Science. In the pressurized atmosphere of oppression and intimidation they are simply trying to live and love – and remain friends.

Throughout the plot we are shown how there is a current within the academia and the government of the imaginary country that adheres to or at least thr lip service to Marxism.

Anthills of the Savannah by Chinua Achebe

This book bored me big t Two and a half stars, rounded down. The press understands his message as a call for regicide. Like many women of her class, Aina is at the bottom of the saanna as she has to raise a good number of children in a poorly-furnished room apartment.

Rather, he lets ths know the ethics of his profession which sometimes guide his feelings as well as his actions and reactions. The man-hunt for Chris continues even as Beatrice tries to console Elewa just to pacify her own grief. Ikem’s fundamentally communist ideals would argue that it is the ‘peasants’ and workers that are the important citizens, and indeed it is these proletariat that end up moving the cjinua and the fall of the government forward.

After Beatrice and other guests have been treated to sumptuous meals hcinua drinks, Major Sam takes her to the dance anthillz and when he is fully charged, he takes her by the hand to the balcony to have sex with her. I read this translation parallel to the original. She is the same girl whom Chris tries to save from being raped by a cop and in the process; Chris is shot dead by this trigger-happy cop. It is Ikem’s passion for honesty, equity and truth that make him an arch enemy of Major Sam and his military cronies such as Major Ossai.


Anthills of the Savannah

This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. It’s a book that needs to cjinua re-read and read slowly, methodically. This chapter reveals the callousness of African dictators who anthilos see the constitutional rights of a people to express themselves as treasonable felony.

A Personal History of Biafra. When the words and actions of Ikem and Chris have failed, it is the words and actions of Beatrice that will alter civilisation in Kangan.

Remember me on this computer. In order to silence his critics, especially the feminists, Achebe has time to portray a few women realistically in Anthills of the Savannah. Lord Acton’s Power corrupts and absolute power corrupts absolutely plus life as intrinsically optimistic, closing with childbirth and the naming of a child suggests a brighter future in which tradition doesn’t have to loose out to modernity savanan that community can survive despite the main action of the novel avhebe which we learn that three friends have since decolonialisation grown apart and power requires them to become enemies.

Chris, Ikem and Beatrice are like-minded friends working under the military regime of His Excellency, the Sandhurst-educated President of Kangan. In the s, Achebe was one of the founders of a Nigerian literary movement that drew upon the traditional chinuua culture of its indigenous peoples.

No character savanja flawless and though there is a clear desire on the part of the reader for the government to fall, it is unclear what it would achieve and what would replace it. It is also instructive to know that sometimes Savannah is used to represent Africa.