Every morning, her chores include sweeping away anthills
, and feeding baby monkeys.
While using the older novels as a form of background, I concentrate on Anthills
of the Savannah and There Was a Country, and argue that these two works demonstrate a significant--even if not total narrowing of interest from Nigeria/Africa, to his ethnic group, the Igbo, in a way that radicalises some of his previously well-known positions on postcolonial nationhood.
Depending on the species, such anthills
can range in size from a tiny pile of sand grains that is less than an inch across to a huge mound several feet high and many cubic yards in volume.
The works included clearing bushes, weeding, removal of anthills
, restoration of washed out areas due to flooding and installation of culverts.
His final novel Anthills
of the Savannah, deals with the growing political pandemic of dictatorships in Africa.
Like the character, Ikem Osodi, in his novel, Anthills
of the Savannah, Achebe insists that the role of the writer in Africa is "to widen the scope of that self-examination [.
However, he clarified that anthills
may not be rich sources of gold dust, but could yield few telltale signs.
One parent told us that he appreciated the assignments because "they remind [him] of the kinds of things that [he] used to do as a kid, but that kids these days don't seem to do anymore"--exploring anthills
, rummaging around in the woods, and interacting with nature.
And be warned: according to folklore, if the anthills
are high in July, winter will be snowy.
Simultaneously, the environment itself, in the story of the functioning of anthills
in one small south Alabama tract of land, behaved in predictable systemic patterns to enhance survival.
MY UNCLE ONCE TOLD ME THAT WE'D HAVE A BAD WINTER IF ANTS BUILD THEIR ANTHILLS
Chinua Achebe's Anthills
of the Savannah contains reflection on how the above referred to aspects of masculinity promote corruption, selfishness, and greed which in turn foster bad governance and the denial of rights, as well as military coups and thus Achebe's novel negates the concept nation.