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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Inspired by Your Browsing History. Wavanna in the day, the Directorate of State Research Council issues a bulletin announcing the treasonable plot by Ikem and his foreign ssavanna to destabilize the country. As they wait for the taxi, Elewa, who does not like the idea of her going back home instead of spending the night with Ikem, continues to nag and pester him in Pidgin. Nothing is heard of him until in the latter part of the novel when he helps Chris to move out of the GRA to the northern slums after an announcement by the police declaring Chris wanted.

Immediately after the child has been named, Elewa’s mother and her uncle arrive. Since Major Sam does not have a wife or anthlils girlfriend, I may be tempted to conclude that he is sexually loose and irresponsible. After he has lambasted the excesses and political wantonness of public office holders, he then uses the forum to propound his self-styled new radicalism, which he wants the people to embrace. When Major Sam becomes a monstrous despot, Ikem and Sam become activists who champion a radical struggle to free the masses from his oppressive tyranny.

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Ikem is driven by compassion for Kangan’s underclass. To reconcile, they have sex and lunch together.

Major Ossai is a puppet in the hand of Major Sam. I felt that I might have been missing some vital clues in the schebe dialogue that was oftentimes too hard to follow. If you think that the petitions will be swept under the carpet, your guess is as good as mine. Beatrice would not succumb to his advances.


The war ravaged the populace, and as starvation and violence took its toll, he appealed to the people of Europe and the Americas for aid. This is a curious one — it begins so intriguingly like the best of political satires, and ends as a bundle of cliches and unambiguous ambiguities.

Aug 29, Val rated it it was amazing Shelves: 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 been eradicated. As it is often the case, the duo anthipls the arch enemy of the state who must be martyred for the collective interest, which is personal interest in reality.

The reader needs some background information on the cultural and political history of Nigeria during this time of which I am woefully ignorant.

When Ikem visits the Police Traffic Department, the Police Superintendent lambastes the errant officer, apologises to Ikem and asks the officer to return his particulars. Not quite long, Braimoh and Emmanuel return with Adamma, a girl for whom Chris died. Many countries witnessed such destabilization after they freed themselves. Feb 22, Pages.

The relationship between Chris and Beatrice and that of Ikem and Elewa is healthy. InAchebe was involved in a ghastly road accident in Nigeria and as a result, he lived in a wheelchair until his death in March 21, in Boston, Massachusetts, United States.

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He relinquished this post after the crises in Northern Nigeria in and moved back to anthil,s Eastern Nigeria. Zijn ervaringen heeft hij ook gebruikt bij het schrijven van dit boek, waar hij een aantal decennis over heeft gedaan.

First, snappy anecdotes describe the birth of a tyrant, the struggle between humanity and power, and the depredation of a people. Such is the power drunk. He is the leader of the delegation from Abazon. Ikem visits Chris with the letter and the savaanna friends begin to plan how to avert the danger looming on them.


Agatha, her housemaid has gone to her Sabbath achebf as usual. Expectedly, she speaks Pidgin English which is a lingua franca of the lower-class and semi-illiterate society.

Story of friends who become entrenched in politics, end up double-crossing each other and fleeing from the one of them who gained power. It is amazing to know that Ikem and Chris come to talking terms when Chijua Sam’s regime becomes a threat to their lives and that of the entire nation.

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Agatha is Beatrice’s flighty, religious, and judgmental house girl. He is the Commissioner for Works in Kangan. We first see him as the chairman of the high-level inquiry set up by the Achfbe Military junta to look into the purported scuffle between Ikem and the savanha officers who were sent to carry out his arrest for question.

This is his book about a newly independent country trying to found and find itself and is, perhaps, even better. Her relationship with Ikem symbolizes a classless society where there is connection between the poor and the highly educated.

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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Amidst savanba heavy traffic, Ikem drives speedily to the Presidential Palace. Second, Anthills of the Savannah presents the establishment and subsequent fall of a tyrannic yet legal regime in the fictitious country of Kangan. Dec 18, Cheryl rated it liked it Shelves: Well, in my opinion, it could be both.