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A Man of the People Chapter Summary & Analysis - Chapter 3 Summary

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Chapter 3 Summary

Odili takes Peter to visit their home village, Urua, 15 miles from Anata. Odili has matters to discuss with his father, Hezekiah Samalu. Odili envies Peter's enthusiastic gift buying for his own parents. Odili's mother, his father's second wife, dies giving birth to him, so Odili is considered an unlucky child. First wife "Mama" raises him and his many stepsiblings on an equal footing, but Odili feels something is missing. Father is a district interpreter, a job that makes him a minor god to the people: powerful, wealthy, and hated. The children grow up knowing the world is full of enemies and obsequious friends. While in secondary school, Odili is expelled from a friend's home when his father's identity is revealed. Only when Odili earns a scholarship to university does he dare stand up to his demanding father, who currently has five wives and 35 children. Retired on a...

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