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Is corruption the main theme in A Man of the People?  

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ololade | Student, Undergraduate

Posted July 5, 2009 at 3:42 AM via web

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Is corruption the main theme in A Man of the People?

 

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Ashley Kannan | Middle School Teacher | (Level 3) Distinguished Educator

Posted July 5, 2009 at 5:42 AM (Answer #1)

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Achebe's " A Man of the People" explores the issue of power and corruption.  Using post colonial Africa as ths metaphor, Achebe uses Chief Nanga as the supreme example of power in developing nations.  Rising from poverty, Nanga gives voice to his citizenry in articulating a nation's dreams and the visions of a successful body politic.  In the process, he becomes seduced and entranced with the trappings of political power.  Corruption and graft become a part of this political process, where Nanga speaks of a vision of purity, and then engages in the opposite.  Using Nanga as an example, Achebe makes the suggestion that in the wake of a post Colonial world, nations must be guarded in electing their leader and ensure that processes are transparent, resistant to the lure of corruption and the enticements of power.

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