Camaraderie is a motif in this story. Ikem, His Excellency and Chris were all boyhood friends, which is what brought them all t Africa in the first place. It is the friendship between His Excellency and Chris that landed Chris his position as the Commissioner of Information. It is the friendship between Chris and Ikem that landed Ikem the editor position for the country’s newspaper, the Gazette. In reality, each of the men is intimidated by the other, which turns them into rivals rather than adversaries.