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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A funny character, Okong as he is fondly called was once an American Baptist minister before he became Professor of Political Science. Like Jesus, Chris gives his life that she may live. Skip to main content. Personally, I see this chapter as the making of Achebe’s central female character in Anthills of the Savannah.

There is no doubt that this commissioner is not as active as a commissioner of works should be. This is not a brilliant book. Many civilians often think that all the officers in uniform are direct beneficiaries of a military regime but the truth is often revealed when there is another coup. But surely not all blame can be accumulated at the feet of the oppressors and surely it is time to get off the lazy characterization of the white west as the primary bete noire.

Professor Okong, on the other hand, denies knowing anything about the matter. It is also instructive to know that sometimes Savannah is used to represent Africa. 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.

He became fascinated with world religions and traditional African cultures, and began writing stories as a university student. The shifting narrative styles are formally exciting. Apr 03, Jen rated it it was ok Shelves: 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.


If it had not been written like a newspaper article, if there had been some effort toward characterization or coherent plot, or explanation of the history of the circumstances described, I still would probably have disliked this book. As we see in the novel and as it is in the most military regimes, Major Sam is not accountable to anybody.

Because of the pursuit of power, one of the trios, Sam who was hitherto friends turns his back from his other friends and even threatens to kill them. He is the Commissioner for Works in Kangan. His mother Janet Ileogbunam was educated at St. This last chapter of the novel begins a new chapter in the lives of Beatrice and Elewa and all the people of Kangan.

Arguably, the deaths of Major Sam, Ikem and Chris will not change anything. Discuss Anthills of the Savannah as a neo-colonial novel. A short little west African novel. Help Center Find new research papers in: This was a barb thrown at the heart of post-colonial Africa. Anthills Of The Savannah … will prove hard to forget.

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

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 and that community can survive despite the main action of the novel in which we learn that three friends have since decolonialisation grown apart and power requires them to become enemies.

After an hour of thorough search, they leave without discovering the object of their search. But they are not the only ones.

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There is a rumour that he is one of the smugglers thhe fifty companies and a bank. Although it is natural for Chris to feel angry at Major Sam’s attempt to rape Beatrice, we expect him at the same time to appreciate and salute Beatrice’s resolve not to give in. He is the new Head of State of Kangan after the coup. In the riot that ensue between Kangan Mobile Police sent to arrest the Student Union leaders and the students, the government announces an indefinite closure thhe Bassa University.


He is best known for his first novel, Things Fall Apartwhich is the most widely read book in modern African literature. As a psychological fiction, Achebe uses it to mirror the inner landscape of the heart. Achebe writes his novels in English and has anthils the use of English, a “language of colonizers”, in African literature.

If you think that the petitions will be swept under the carpet, your guess is as good as mine. 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.

He also authored four subsequent novels, two short-story collections, and numerous other books. We only hear about her from Beatrice, her younger sister. Unlike some of his fellow soldiers, Captain Medani mingles freely with the non-members of the armed forces.

Adamma’s returning with Emmanuel to visit Beatrice is her kind way of paying the family back for what Chris has savanna for her. Charles Scribner’s Sons, Themes of Anthills of the Savannah by Chinua Achebe Themes Themes are the fundamental and often universal ideas explored in a literary work.

Anthills of the Savannah

Book 1 done and dusted. Arguably, Emmanuel does all these not only to protect Chris but also to protect himself from the police. After Professor Okong has left, Major Sam summons his Attorney- General and Commissioner for Justice to his office and asks him about the intelligence reports he has received that his Commissioner for Information is no more loyal to him. However, I am not surprised at Major Sam’s attitude to his boyhood friends. Every genuine artist feels it in his bone.