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1. themes: One of the main themes in this novel is the corruptness of the government  as it struggles to define itself in post-colonial times. Chief Nanja is the symbol of this  corruption as he manipulates the people for his own wealth and social status. The irony  lies in the title,  Man of the People ;for in this work, a man of the people is, paradoxically,  a man against the people, yet the people do not want to face their own deception as  they desire to keep Nanja in power at the price of their own freedom. Setting: post colonial period in Nigeria Plot:  A Man of the People is a first-person account of Odili, a school teacher in a fictional country closely more accurate resembling post-colonial Nigeria. Odili receives an invitation from a former teacher of his, Chief Nanga, who is now the
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Unformatted text preview: powerful but corrupt Minister of Culture. As Minister, Nanga's job is to protect the traditions of his country, and though he is known as "A Man of the People," he instead uses his position to increase his personal wealth. The Minister's riches and power prove particularly impressive to Odili's girlfriend, who cheats on him with the minister. Seeking revenge, Odili begins to pursue the minister's fiancee. Odili agrees to lead an opposition party in the face of both bribes and violent threats. Odili triumphs over the Minister, however, when a military coup forces his old teacher from office. The book ends with the line: "you died a good death if your life had inspired someone to come forward and shoot your murderer in the chest -- without asking to be paid." [2]...
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