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Characters Analysis in Anthills of the Savannah

The characters Analysis in Anthills of the Savannah will be discussed in this post. This, attention will be drawn to the social behaviour as well ass the psychology behaviour of the characters.

Introduction to the Characters Analysis in Anthills of the Savannah by Chinua Achebe

The principal characters used by Chinua Achebe to illustrate the themes and points of view in Anthills of the Savannah include General Sam, Mr Chris Oriko, Mr Ikem Osodi, Miss Beatrice Okoh, Mr Braimoh the taxi-driver, Mr Emmanuel Obete, Elewa, Col Johnson Ossai, Professor Okong, Student Nurse Adamma, Mrs Aina Braimoh, Agatha, Elewa’s Uncle and Captain Medani.

List of the Characters Analysis in Anthills of the Savannah

  1. General Sam
  2. Mr Chris Oriko
  3. Mr Ikem Osodi
  4. Miss Beatrice Okoh
  5. Mr Braimoh the taxi-driver
  6. Mr Emmanuel Obete
  7. Elewa
  8. Col Johnson Ossai
  9. Professor Okong
  10. Student Nurse Adamma
  11. Mrs Aina Braimoh
  12. Agatha
  13. Elewa’s Uncle and
  14. Captain Medani.

Analysis of the Characters in Anthills of the Savannah

The characters in Anthills of the Savannah will be analysed individually as they featured in the novel. Hence, priority will be placed on the major characters.

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Analysis of the Character of General Sam in Anthills of the Savannah.

  • He is the antagonist hero of the novel.
  • He is a classmate of both Mr Chris Oriko and Mr Ikem Osodi at Lugard College.
  • He was a good and all-rounder student at Lord Lugard College.
  • He was a good Science Student, energetic athlete and actor at Lugard College. He was guided by his school principal to take to military career, instead of Medical Profession.
  • At the independence of the State of Kangan, he became the most senior native military officer of Kangan.
  • He is a military Head of State of Kangan at the beginning of this novel He governs Kangan as a dictator (i.e. illustrate with how he does not take to the advice of his Cabinet Ministers on state issues like that of drought problem at Abazon).
  • He is a contemptuous character (i.e. illustrate with how he refuses to see the Abazon Delegation who visited him to ask for attention to the problem of drought facing them).
  • He is an unreceptive character (i.e. illustrate with how he regards the genuine complaint of Abazon people about the drought problem facing them, as “a sponsored demonstration”)
  • He is an intolerant and a rigid character. (i.e. illustrate with how he does not always listen to anybody’s voice as soon as he pronounces the word ‘kabisa’)
  • He is a power drunken and malicious character (illustrate with how he cancels the bore-hole project already awarded to alleviate the problem of drought faced by Abazon people because they refused to support his ambition to become a life-president).
  • He is a terrorist (i.e. illustrate with how he issues the threat to eliminate any of his Ministers that attempts to resign from his government.
  • He is a corrupt and materialistic Head of State (i.e. illustrate with the claim that he always steals and syphons the fund of Kangan to foreign countries through Alhaji Mahmoud who was also present at his retreat dinner at Abichi Lake Guest House).
  • He is an irrational character (illustrate with how he chases away MissHe is an irrational character (illustrate with how he chases away Miss Beatrice Okoh from the Abichi Lake dinner simply because the patriotic Civil Servant of a woman advises him to reject American Journalist Lou Camford’s recommendation to him to be spending 51% of his foreign income on debt servicing).

Analysis of the Character of Mr Chris Oriko in Anthills of the Savannah.

  • He is one of the two protagonist heroes of the novel.
  • He is a brilliant Journalist and classmate of both General Sam and Mr Ikem Osodi at Lord Lugard College.
  • He is a powerful orator and analyst.
  • He is a fiancee to Miss Beatrice Okoh following the short-lived marriage with Louise his American wife.
  • He is Commissioner for Information in General Sam’s government.
  • He is an advocate of good welfare for the masses (i.e. illustrate with how he is the only Commissioner in General Sam’s Cabinet who insists that General Sam needs to visit Abazon to sympathize with them on their problem of drought).
  • He is a fearless character (i.e. illustrate with how he is the only Commissioner in General Sam’s Cabinet who threatens to resign from General Sam’s government).
  • He is a receptive character (i.e. illustrate with how he agrees to settle the quarrel between him and Mr Ikem Osodi on the advice of Miss Beatrice Okoh, after initial pretence that no quarrel exists).
  • He is an adaptable character (i.e. illustrate with how he damns the consequence and begins to pin-point the government of General Sam as the murderer of Mr Ikem Osodi).
  • He is a man of the people (i.e. illustrate with how the people of Bassa hide him away from security men who declared him a wanted-man for false coup plotting).
  • He is an artful mobiliser (i.e. illustrate with how he artfully mobilizes every shade of opinion in Kangan with hand bills and bulletin to make them believe that Mr Ikem Osodi was murdered by the government of General Sam.
  • He is a well-connected diplomat (i.e. illustrate with how he is able to grant press interviews to foreign radio networks to pin-point the government of General Sam as the murderer of Mr Ikem Osodi).
  • He is a courageous and brave character (i.e. illustrate with how he rescues Student-Nurse Adamma from a brutal rape attempt by a madly drunken police-sergeant).
  • He is a political martyr (i.e. illustrate with how he risks his life in order to save the helpless Student-Nurse Adamma from a brutal rape).

Analysis of the Character of Mr Ikem Osodi in Anthills of the Savannah.

  • He is also a protagonist hero of the novel like Mr Chris Oriko.
  • He is a poet and a journalist.
  • He was a classmate of both General Sam and Chris Criko at Lugard College. He was even the most brilliant of the three.
  • He is also a Journalist.
  • He succeeds Mr Chris Oriko as the Editor of “National Gazette”.
  • He is a fearless journalist (i.e. illustrate with how he refuses Mr Chris Oriko’s suggestion to be writing the Editorial Opinions of “National Gazette” in favour of the government, whether ruling rightly or wrongly)
  • He is a champion of transparent leadership (illustrate with how he had argued with Mr Oriko that bad governance of the society should be criticised).
  • He is a polite character (illustrate with how he apologized to Miss Beatrice Okoh, while calling at her flat without a previous notice and while it was raining heavily at Beatrice place).
  • He is a firm believer of male supremacy over female (i.e. illustrate with how he had argued with Miss Beatrice Okoh that he cannot support a step to give parity governing role to women as men, in their last discussion encounter, before he was murdered).
  • He is an unassuming character ( i.e. illustrate with how he does not boast as the Editor of the “National Gazette” to the police constable who seized his driving-particulars in front of Harmony Hotel, for not putting on his car’s parking light).
  • He is selfless, tolerant and an unmaterialistic character (i.e. illustrate with how he is satisfied to be using his old car for both office work and personal use, when his office is allocated some official cars in good working conditions).
  • He is a caring character (i.e. illustrate with how Miss Beatrice Okoh claimed that Ikem once risked his life during a bad winter-weather in England to come and console her, when she had a nasty disappointment).
  • He is jocular and humorous (i.e. illustrate with how he turned the ridicule suffered by Mr Oriko and fellow Cabinet Members in the hand of General Sam into a joke that. “the president has put them in a cabinet (i.e. locked up box) where they belong as Cabinet Members”).
  • He is a classless character (i.e. illustrate with how he chose Elewa an illiterate girl as fiancée, in spite of his status as a public figure).
  • He is a powerful critic (i.e. illustrate with how he had patriotically criticised that it was wrong for General Sam to put his picture on Kangan’s currency notes as a serving Head of State).
  • He is a political martyr (i.e. illustrate with how he chose to continue to criticise the bad governance of General Sam, when he had been aware of feelers that he might be murdered).

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Analysis of the Character of Miss Beatrice Okoh in Anthills of the Savannah.

  • She is the protagonist heroine of the novel.
  • She is a brilliant 1st class Honours graduate of English.
  • She is a career senior civil servant in the government of General Sam.
  • She holds the position of Senior Assistant Secretary (i.e. Deputy Director).
  • She is an observant character (i.e. illustrate with how she confronts Mr Oriko to arrange to settle the quarrel between him and Mr Ikem Osodi, in spite of Mr Oriko’s pretence to any quarrel).
  • She is nationalistic (i.e. illustrate with how she had put it to General Sam to call Journalist Lou Camford to order to stop breaching protocol by calling the leader of Kangan Government by first name).
  • She is patriotic (i.e. illustrate with how she had advised General Sam not to accept Journalist Lou Camford’s suggestion to him to be spending 51% of Kangan foreign income on debt servicing).
  • She is a practical critic (i.e illustrate with how she identifies the act of spending huge money to advertise obituaries in newspapers as wasteful spending).
  • She is an appreciative character (i.e. illustrate with how she decides to hold Captain Medani in high esteem for preventing his soldiers from molesting her, during the search for Mr Oriko in her flat).
  • She is an accommodating and receptive character (illustrate with how she had entertained a taxi-driver (who is later known as Mr Braimoh) with a bottle of beer because the latter sympathized with her when she misplaced her car’s key.
  • She is a sympathetic and apologetic character (illustrate with how she turns round to console Agatha (her house-maid ) having rebuked her in annoyance in the first instance, for neglecting her duty of preparing good food for Elewa).
  • She is a dependable character (illustrate with how she takes it upon herself the duty of caring for Elewa, after Mr Ikem Osodi’s death to prevent Elewa from mis-carrying her pregnancy).
  • She is an imaginative and resolute character (illustrate with how she firmly resolves to end her love affair with Mr Oriko on the night of his departure into exile and eventual death).
  • She is a moderate and an unassuming character (i.e. illustrate with how she takes herself, Elewa, Mr &Mrs Braimoh, Mr Emmannel Obete and Student-Nurse Adamma as partners in progress, in spite of her status as a senior civil servant and public figure).
  • She is an independent minded character (illustrate with how she rejects Mr Obete’s advice to avoid Captain Medani on the basis of how Mr Oriko and Mr Osodi met their untimely deaths, vide military persecution).

Analysis of the Character of Mr. Braimoh in Anthills of the Savannah.

  • He is a taxi-driver
  • He is the taxi-driver whom Ikem Osodi taught the need to be obeying traffic rules during the hold-up episode.
  • He is the taxi-driver whom Ikem advised not to be driving without headlamp in the night.
  • He is the taxi-driver who led a “thank you visitation” to Mr Ikem Osodi for writing an editorial opinion which moved the government to clear the refusedump in their taxi-park and equally beautify it.
  • He is the taxi-driver who drives Beatrice home from the supermarket to her flat to pick her car’s extra key.
  • Mr Braimoh is an appreciative and dynamic character (illustrate with how he leads the Bassa Taxi Driver Union on a thank you visitation to Mr Ikem Osodi for his editorial opinion which benefited them.
  • He is a lover of justice ( illustrate with how he teams up with Mr Oriko to lay the blame of Mr Ikem Osodi’s murder on the door step of General Sam’s government).
  • He is a tolerant character (illustrate with how he and his wife vacate their one room apartment for Mr Oriko to occupy, after moving out of the G.R.A.).
  • He is a generous character ( illustrate with how he puts down his taxi-cab to assist Mr Oriko for use, during his preparation to move into exile).
  • He is a courageous and sensible character ( illustrate with how he is the only person that makes an attempt to apprehend the police-sergeant who killed Mr Oriko).

Analysis of the Character of Elewa in Anthills of the Savannah.

  • She is Ikem’s fiancée and post-humous wife.
  • She is a beautiful and good-mannered girl.
  • She is an understanding character (i.e. illustrate with how she always readily listens to Mr Ikem Osodi).
  • She is a simple and unmalicious character (i.e. illustrate with how she was the first to call Mr Ikem Osodi on phone in the morning for a drive to the bar-beach, after a quarrel the previous night over Ikem’s refusal to drive her home because his car’s battery was weak.
  • She is a sincere lover to Ikem (illustrate with how she persevered to give birth to Amaechina, to keep the memory of Mr Ikem Osodi).

Analysis of the Character of Mr Emmanuel Obete in Anthills of the Savannah.

  • He is the president of Bassa University students Union.
  • He is a dynamic character ( illustrate with how he claims that Mr Ikem Osodi’s ideas influenced him for good).
  • He is a clever character (illustrate with how he gets Mr Oriko convinced of his wish to team up with him to be condemning General Sam’s government as murderer of Mr Ikem Osodi. He had convinced Mr Oriko with the analogy that security men will not look for him, at Mr Oriko’s hide-out).
  • He is a practical goal-getter ( illustrate with how he puts a phone call to the Editorial Management of “National Gazette”, as a false Senior Customs Officer having information that Mr Oriko had escaped to Europe).
  • He is an imaginative and appreciative character ( illustrate with how he persuades Mr Oriko not to use insecticide to kill mosquito in Mr & Mrs Braimoh’s room , so as not to look ungrateful and insulting, since the couple cannot afford buying of insecticide for use).
  • He is a persevering character (illustrate by how he struggles to establish friendship with Student-Nurse Adamma, despite Adamma’s little or no encouragement).

Analysis of the Character of Mrs Aina Braimoh in Anthills of the Savannah.

  • She is the wife of Mr Braimoh.
  • She is a supportive wife (illustrate with how he does not disagree with her husband when he decides to vacate their room for Mr Oriko as hide-out).
  • She is a broad-minded character (illustrate with how she believes that every citizen of a country should be tolerant of one another in her famous opinion that “there is nothing bad if a daughter of Allah shares joy with the daughter of Jehova”)

Agatha Analysis of the Character of Mrs Aina Braimoh in Anthills of the Savannah.

  • She is Miss Beatrice Okoh’s house-maid.
  • She is a Jehova’s witness to the core (illustrate with how she does not do any work on Saturday which she keeps as the Sabbath day).
  • She is a hypocrite (illustrate with how she does not neighbourly treat Elewa whom Miss Okoh her mistress is looking after).

Elewa’s Uncle Analysis of the Character of Mrs Aina Braimoh in Anthills of the Savannah.

  • He is younger brother of Elewa’s father.
  • He is a dynamic character ( illustrate with how he never cancelled the naming ceremony conducted for Amaechina, before his arrival).
  • He is a funny and humorous character ( illustrate with how he declared the cock and a bottle of Schnapps he collected from Elewa’s Mother purposely for naming Amaechina as a sacrifice already given to the gods which cannot be withdrawn).
  • He is an analyst ( illustrate with how he uses the joke of a wise man that always eats fish in his soup for respecting his wife’s feeling, to point out that women’s rights should not be violated).

Professor Okong Analysis of the Character of Mrs Aina Braimoh in Anthills of the Savannah.

  • He is one of the Cabinet Ministers in General Sam’s government.
  • He is a riotous and an ambitious character (illustrate with how he short changed his scholarship to train as a Baptist Pastor, for university degrees in Political Science).
  • He is a talkative and character assassin (illustrate with how he had cautioned General Sam to beware of Mr Oriko and Mr Ikem Osodi, when General Sam did not ask him anything).
  • General Sam later ridiculed him by reducing him to a “Mister” from a “Professor”.

Captain Medani

  • He is the Commanding Officer of the search-party for Mr Chris Oriko to Miss Beatrice Okoh’s flat.
  • He is a fine soldier because he prevents his men from molesting Miss Beatrice Okoh.
  • He is a dynamic character for sitting down together with civilians that gather in Miss Beatrice Okoh’s flat for discussion on ways forward for Kangan.
  • He is an unsentimental soldier because of his claim not to believe in the excesses of either Col. Johnson Ossai or General Sam. He is attracted to Miss Beatrice Okoh.

Major (later) Col. Johnson Ossai Analysis of the Character of Mrs Aina Braimoh in Anthills of the Savannah.

  • He is General Sam’s Director of State Security.
  • He is a terrorist ( illustrate with how he always visits terrible torture on any victim of his arrest).
  • He is a saddist (illustrate with how his Directorate lied that Mr Ikem Osodi who was already arrested in handcuffs killed himself, while making an effort to seize a gun from his captors. He died with General Sam.

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