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Power – “Anthills of the Savannah” – Chinua Achebe

September 24th, 2011 · No Comments · Africa, Colonialism, History, Politics, Power, Totalitarianism

‘Good day, Your Excellency, Mr. President,’ intoned Professor Okong executing at the same time a ninety-degree bow. No reply nor any kind of recognition of his presence. His Excellency continued writing on his drafting pad for a full minute more before looking up. Then he spoke abruptly as though to an intruder he wanted to be rid of quickly.

This book isn’t as well known as Achebe’s earlier work, but if you’re interested in modern African politics, it’s really rewarding. Colonialism throws a shadow over all of Achebe’s works, but in works like this it’s really clear that be doesn’t ‘blame’ it for the current state of affairs. It necessarily explains some aspects of the status quo, but Achebe is very clear that Africa’s future is in its own hands.

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