Regi SimpsonINTL 311129 March 2012
Microtheme: Anthills of the Savannah “Quiz”
In “Rulers Against Writers, Writers Against Rulers”, Ayo Kehinde
examines thestrategies and techniques of representing the hope of the public sphere in postcolonial
Nigerian fiction that Achebe uses throughout “Anthills of the Savannah”.
Achebe talksabout how the contemporary regime of the public sphere in
(which isperceived to be Nigeria) is unfair.
Kehinde see’s the novel as suggesting re
-conceptualization of a new vision of social justice in the nation. He believes Achebe useshis fictional work in order to delve into political issues of post-independence Nigeriawhose power hungry President rejects the public sphere in his domain. Kehinde believesNigeria lacks a public sphere, with proof through the characters that refuse to disregardstatus.
I agree with Kehinde’s analysis of “Anthills of the Savannah”. Achebe uses this
novel to essentially discuss power issues which countries like Nigeria have faced, andcontinue to face. It is also clear that he believes power without a responsibility to be anabuse of power. The relationships in the novel are also not true and healthy relationships,because power has become such an intense desire even among
whosestruggle for power ultimately leads to betrayal and distrust. Achebe uses the novel toexplain how power can lead to a lack of a public sphere, and how the hunger for powermust be left behind in order to have true success in a government, relationships, and soon. A healthy relationship should not involve the struggle for power, because power is