Written by Nigerian author Chinua Achebe, A Man of the People is a novel about government corruption in an unnamed African country. It is narrated by the central character, Odili Samalu, who is a young teacher in a small African village. Chief Nanga, Odili’s former teacher, is Minister of Culture with the corrupt government. Edna is a beautiful young woman who feels she has a duty to become Chief Nanga’s second wife after he paid for her education and helped out her family financially.
At the end of the novel, Odili attends the corrupt Chief Nanga’s campaign for the upcoming election. Despite wearing a disguise, Odili is spotted by Nanga’s supporters and pushed to the front of the supporters. Chief Nanga mocks Odili who is then beaten up by the mob who is there to support Nanga. After being released from the hospital after several weeks, Odili finds out that Max has been killed after being hit by Chief Koko’s vehicle. Eunice, Max’s fiancée, then killed Chief Koko in revenge. At the very end, the corrupt government is disbanded and all political parties are put to an end. Chief Nanga leaves in disgrace, and Odili and Edna start to make plans to marry.