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n Africa Insight - Three Reflections on the Ethiopian Revolution : book review

Volume 34, Issue 1
  • ISSN : 0256-2804

Abstract

In his novel, Anthills of the Savannah (1987), Chinua Achebe, the renowned Nigerian writer, paints a bleak picture of the potential of the military in Africa to rule in the interests of the majority. Amongst other reasons Ikem, the main character in the novel, cites the narcissism of the military, its refusal to acknowledge faults, budding elitism and the tribalisation of 'national' politics. It is however, the deactivation of the links with the ordinary people that the military effects once in power that proves to be the last straw for post-colonial African politics.

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2004-03-01
2019-10-17

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