Objective: A major theme of "A Man of the People," political corruption, is introduced in Chapter 1. Odili Samalu describes how the Prime Minister abuses the country for the sake of his own political power, punishes those who would oppose him, and controls the media to cover it up. Additionally, Chief Nanga is exposed as having supported the Prime Minister for his own benefit. The objective of this lesson is to examine the theme of political corruption as it is laid out in Chapter 1.
1) Class discussion: What, at first, seems to be Odili's tone toward politics? Why is he so disillusioned? What seems to the political standard in Nigeria at the time of this book? Does it seem as though Chief Nanga is changed from Odili's last memory of him? What is it about politics that seems corruptible? Power? Money? Both? What about Ideology? Are Nigerian politics portrayed...
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