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A Man of the People (Penguin Modern Classics) Kindle Edition
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A Man of the People novel is set in Nigeria in the 1960's. The country had just gained independence from Great Britain, and elected its first post-colonial government, which is run by the proverbial `Big Men'. One of such `Big Men' is Chief the Honourable M. A. Nanga. Chief Nanga is not just any ordinary government hack; he is a charismatic, gifted politician who has a way with the people - and especially with the ladies. He is part of an entrenched, corrupt coterie that enrich themselves while in office, blatantly rig elections and silence opposition without recourse to law. Yet, Chief Nanga is loved by his constituents for his largesse, as he doles out the spoils of office to `his people'.
Enter Odili Samalu, a young well-educated, idealist. Odili, a former pupil of Chief Nanga's, is favoured by the Chief. Nanga invites Odili to the big city, where Odili spends time in Nanga's sumptuous home, is introduced into high society and generally has a jolly good time. Yes, Odili our austere idealist enjoys the high life that his relationship with Nanga offers him. However, Odili and Nanga quarrel over a woman and Odili determines to run against Nanga in the upcoming elections.
Achebe uses the ensuing David and Goliath contest to satirise the crass corruption of Nigeria's ruling elite. Whether using private militias to silence (or kill) political opponents or awarding inflated government contracts to themselves, Nigeria's government, personified in Chief Nanga, give corruption a new meaning, with the acquiescence of the people.Read more ›
It follows the young, idealistic Mr Odili, a former student of Chief Nanga, MA, who has become a leading politician under a brutal Nigerian regime. Achebe's novel follows Odili as he uncovers corruption and attempts to take on his former master, Nanga, by forming his own party and challenging for a place in government.
"A Man of the People" is a very witty book, full of clever swipes at political systems (which can be related not just to African but the whole world) and is very intelligently written. Most of all, the ending will probably stay with the reader for a very long time.
`AMOTP' is a timeless tale concerning the uses and abuses of democracy, and what can happen to the `men of the people' elected to represent us. Although the story is set in Africa, it is just as relevant to other cultures. The sexual and financial shenanigans of our own politicians are reflected in Nanga's behaviour, and the gradual erosion of Odili's idealism is also all too familiar. Achebe tells his story with wit and an easy writing style that made `AMOTP' a pleasure to read. An excellent political satire, and well worth reading.
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Lovely book especially for those who are interested African literature.Published 23 days ago by Jones Muyangana
A great read, had to read it for an African politics assessment at Uni and found myself reading it again just for pleasure.Published 4 months ago by Eden Stearn
A very good book with good intellectual input. He wrote it and it became truePublished 8 months ago by Ike
Funny yet alarming well told story. As expected - almost prophetic in how accurate the series of events is. Read morePublished 13 months ago by MissCookieGT
Many years ago I had a wonderfully eccentric tutor who had done field world among the Tiv people of northern Nigeria. Read morePublished on 28 Aug. 2013 by Mr. Nicholas Anderson
To have any chance of Nigeria becoming a better governed Country the leaders have to show more respect for the basic concept of Governing for the betterment of the people as not... Read morePublished on 12 Jun. 2013 by Good living
After the death of my favourite author, I bought this book for my father-in-law who had never read his books but appreciated Nigerian authorsPublished on 1 May 2013 by BisiLIFE
Having read an article about Chinua Achebe's life I wanted to read some of the work he had written and found this to be a great start and introduction to the authorPublished on 13 April 2013 by Crips