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Anthills of the Savannah
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This chapter reads Anthills of the Savannah against Achebe's pamphlet The Trouble With Nigeria, drawing out the notably hesitant and fragmentary texture of the novel. Examining Achebe's portrait of dictatorship, it traces elements from Nigeria's recent history, as well as the various military leaders of which Achebe had experience including the Biafran leader Emeka Ojukwu. Exploring Achebe's changed gender consciousness in Anthills, it concludes by considering the novel's prescription for a redemptive new order, questioning its adequacy as a response to Nigeria's entrenched problems and divisions.

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