Anthills of the Savannah Short Essay - Answer Key

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1. Describe the relationship between the President and his ministers of government, as revealed in Chapter 1.

The President dominates his ministers and expects them to obey his commands. The ministers fear the President and tell him what he wants to hear.

2. What is happening outside the Presidential Palace in Chapter 1?

In Chapter 1, a chanting crowd gathers outside the Presidential Palace.

3. Describe Professor Okong.

Professor Okong is the President's Commissioner for Home Affairs. Christopher Oriko describes him as a buffoon who lacks political morality. Although unscrupulous, Okong is an intelligent man who was ordained by American Baptist missionaries and earned a Ph.D. from an American university. Okong formerly wrote a column for the National Gazette while Christopher Oriko was the editor. He was politically astute and never criticized any leader until after the leader had been overthrown.

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