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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He decides to crusade against public executions immediately after attending one as a representative of the state-owned newspaper. This oversight is not only proud but also patriarchal.

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. Chris, Ikem and Beatrice are like-minded friends working under the military regime of His Excellency, the Sandhurst-educated President of Kangan.

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In the fracas that ensues, the cop shoots Anthilla dead. Return to Book Page. To view it, click here. Again, one would have expected Braimoh to disdain schebe condemn Chris, a member of a despotic government, to his fate but Braimoh seems to see the humanity of Chris rather than his occupation. Mar 08, Ivy rated it liked it.

Achebe touches on the issue of a few being rich at the expense of the masses.

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When Major Sam becomes a monstrous despot, Ikem and Sam become activists who champion o radical struggle to free the masses from his oppressive tyranny. Lists with This Book. No system can change that.

After they have left, Chris and Beatrice are now left alone and Chris shares his experiences with Beatrice. There is no doubt that this commissioner is not as active as a commissioner of works should be.

This chapter shows the social intercourse which often takes place among African ruling elites and their western counterparts. In fact, Anthills of the Savannah which is the title of novel is another powerful symbol that I have found in the novel. This section contains words approx. After an hour of thorough search, they leave without discovering the object of their search.


As I said earlier, the exit of one oppressive political regime in the continent paves way to the entrance of another, and the cycle continues.

In a military regime, one act of assassination always leads to another and to another, and to another and the cycle continues until all the so-called enemies of the State have chunua eradicated.

As far as he is concerned, the people of Abazon should die. The Quest for Good Governance: As people who live in the U.

Her character is unique. She is from the lower-class society. However, we can say that her appearance at the party goes a long way to show that women are carefully represented in every segment of the novel.

Although it has often been argued that men are pathological sexual animals, one would not have expected Major Sam to descend so low to attempt to rape his subordinate. Oct 25, Jen rated it did not like it.

Anthills of the Savannah

He is the chairman of the Kangan-American Chamber of Commerce. That speaks to it’s ability to keep meengaged. No character is flawless and though there is a clear desire on the part of the reader for the government to anthiols, it is unclear what it would achieve and what would replace it.

Jun 02, Michael Scott rated it it was amazing Shelves: At the time and throughout the novel, it appears his Excellency is running the country as a democratic dictatorship. Themes of Anthills of the Savannah by Chinua Achebe Themes Themes are the fundamental and often universal ideas explored in a literary work. 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.

Charles Scribner’s Sons, Chike and the River 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. 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.


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. Again, this attempted rape does not only reveal the universal nature of man but also show how morally bankrupt a military regime could be. In this case, forcing the reader to decipher the dialect that is in many ways completely divorced from English is paramount: It’s a book that needs to be re-read and read slowly, methodically.

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. Anthills of the Savannah takes place in an imaginary West African country called Kangan. Summary and Analysis of Sections of Anthills of the Savannah by Chinua Achebe Sections Chapter One After Chris has made several attempts to persuade Sam, the Head of State of Kangan to visit Abazon but to no avail, he regrets that his friends have invited Sam to head the military junta in the first place.

Until he is sacked, Ikem is the Editor of the government-controlled newspaper, the National Gazette. Much time passed before I could make myself knock off the final 20 pages, not a good sign.