What is a character analysis of Elewa from Anthills of the Savannah? How is Elewa portrayed and what is her significance throughout? 

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Elewa has a significant role in Anthills of the Savannah. She is Ikem's girlfriend, and she is pregnant with his child. By the end of the novel, Ikem is killed and Elewa is left to raise the fatherless child. An important event is the naming ceremony for Elewa's daughter. Though children are usually named by a man, Beatrice performs the ceremony instead in an attempt to break the cycle. Additionally, they give the daughter a traditionally male name: Amaechina, meaning “may the path never close.”

Elewa represents the working class. She works in a shop. She lacks a formal education and is only semi-literate. This makes her stand out from the main characters. Although naive at times, she is able to see through Ikem's lie when he makes her leave after they make love at night. She connects Ikem to the common people. Elewa is down-to-earth, beautiful, and resilient.

When your character analysis assignment, I suggest providing significant quotes spoken by Elewa. You can also consider her journey throughout the story.

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You will find a description and analysis of each of the characters in this novel in the eNotes study guide at the link below. Briefly, Elewa is Ikem's girlfriend. She is a Kangan girl whose mother is a vendor in the market. She speaks what is called "pidgin" English, or a mixture of her native language and broken English. As such, she represents the common people. The study guide notes that

She is highly emotional and expressive. Through Elewa, Beatrice comes to understand that coming from humble origins does not necessarily make a person frail or insecure. On the contrary, Elewa's emotional displays belie her resilience and self-confidence.

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