And Achebe in Anthills
of the Savannah tries to demasculanize the nation and reveals the corruption, selfishness, and greed associated with the masculine leadership that excludes their feminine counterparts.
Achebe's aesthetic preoccupation with the expansion of the public sphere and good governance finds resonance in the craft of Anthills
of the Savannah, where he modifies his previous idea of women--thereby seeing them as political actors and people with a voice capable of changing gender relations through participation in the business of the public sphere.
Even though the whole actions in the last chapter of Anthills
of the Savannah adumbrate the denouement of the plot - which is largely the rise of Achebe's new (real) women, the christening of Elewa's daughter, AMAECHINA: May-the-path-never-close by Beatrice is the culmination of this fact:
Goats by the roadside climbed anthills
and trees branches.
In ant-dipping, poking a long, thick stick into an anthill
can reap great results.
And a seemingly never-ending procession of leafcutter ants tack diagonally across the next spot in the trail on a pheromone-driven mission to and from their monolithic anthills
Kids are sponges and love to learn, and they can be fully entertained by giant anthills
, animal tracks, and piles of featers.
Achebe, the most famous African writer (Things Fall Apart, of Anchor Books, 1959, 1994, ISBN 0-385-47454-7; Anthills
of the Savannah, Anchor Books, 1987, 1988, ISBN 0-385-26045-8), is largely unknown in the villages.
He has, to date, published five novels, namely Things Fall Apart (1958), No Longer at Ease (1960), Arrow of God (1964), A Man of the People (1966) and Anthills
of the Savannah (1988).
In a recently concluded symposium on Chinua Achebe, (1) his latest novel, Anthills
of the Savannah was, as was to be expected, the most highly discussed of his novels.
Theorists expect close kinship to favor self-sacrificing social behavior, and many of the world's aphid galls outstrip anthills
and beehives in terms of close kinship.