The Voter Chinua Achebe

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1. Nigeria gained its independence in 1960, however political corruption and cultural differences among ethnic groups have hampered its efforts to establish a legitimate democratic system. After the episodes of violence and full-scale civil war, Nigeria came under the rule of military regimes.

1.1. Context about Nigerian Politics

2. Characterizations

2.1. Rufus Okeke (Roof) - PROTAGONIST: He is the protagonist/main character in the story. - POPULARITY: He is a young, energetic and popular man in his village. - POVERTY: He is poor as he works as a bicycle repairer. - LEADERSHIP: He is a leader of the PAP campaigning team. He is a campaign manager for the PAP, party of Marcus Ibe. - PERSUASIVENESS: He has a great convincing power such that he can be listened by all people in the village. - MONEY: He is just a money monger; that is why, he betrays Marcus Ibe because of money (five pounds) from POP. - TRUST: He is also seen as a trustworthy person. - CORRUTION: He is also corrupt though he still thinks about Marcus Ibe.

2.1.1. Marcus Ibe -POLITICAL CANDIDACY: He is a candidate for PAP. - TEACHER: He was formerly a professional mission school teacher. - POLITICIAN: He later enter into politics and become MP and Minister. - BETRAYAL: He does not help his voters. - CORRUPTION: He is a corrupt person. - IRRESPONSIBILITY: He is irresponsible leader for his people. - SELFISHNESS: He is selfish. - HYPOCRISY: He is hypocritical leader. - POLITICAL CAMPAIGN: His campaign is led by Roof and it supplies money to bribe the people.

3. While we are reading ask yourself these questions. - How does the story illustrate the political problems in Nigeria? - Why are certain characters behaving the way they are towards one another? (Why does Marcus Ibe host a feast for villager in honor of the completion of his new home?) -What information do i have that can help me predict and better understand the events in the story?

3.1. Glossary for part one - Comrades: "collogues" - Lout: " To be aggressive" -Apprentice: "Learning from a skilled employer." - en masse: "To be a part of a group" - Constituency: "Voters in a district or a group of supporters- Constituency: "Voters in a district or a group of supporters. - Proverbial: "Refers to something that is well known". - Nonentity: "A person or a thing of little or no importance"- Nonentity: "A person or a thing of little or no importance" - Electorate: "Citizen of a country who are entitled to vote in an election." - Jute: "This is a flexible, glossy fiber made from one of two Asian plants." - Defiance: "A refusal to recognize or obey someone or something"

4. The Author: Chinua Achebe

4.1. He is also the author of the novel Things Fall Apart which is a novel about how a traditional Ibo community disintegrates (losing strength) after the arrival of European missionaries

4.1.1. Chinua Achebe is an award winning Nigerian author. His journey into literary writing was influenced by not only his love for literature but his country's nationalist movement. As a student he came to the realization of the destructive effects colonialism had on his country and fellow people, and so he dedicated himself to redefining African, by telling Africans' true stories. the achievements and the failures.

5. Setting: The short story takes place in Umuofia Village, Nigeria.

6. Plot of The Voter - The short story talks about Mr Rufus Okeke. Who is a bicycle repairer and who influences the people in the his village in political affairs. - The villagers support the People's Alliance Party which Roof campaigns for. - The candidate of PAP is Mr Marcus Ibe. Who was formally a school teacher but he later on was elected as a politician and the Minister for Culture. - He is very tough in his consistency that he does not want ant person to oppose him during election. - Roof is behind Mr Ibe who is running for the fourth coming elections, because he is believed to be great at convincing power. ""He had become a real expert in election campaign at all levels- Village, Local government or national." - Voters do not need money form their leaders but to solve their problems like construction of infrastructures, better healthcare, and education for their children. But most of the time, voted leaders do not remember the voters.

6.1. - For five years villagers have seen the continuous richness among politicians. Consider how Mr Ibe became rich after being elected. - We see that even with these riches, Mr Ibe does not help his people but he enriches himself by investing in a lot of things and in different places. "... he had two long cars and had just built himself the biggest house anyone had seen in those parts." He instead fools the people by preparing a big feat for the opening of the new house which could have been used to better the citizens. - When election time approaches, Roof plays a role in the campaign to make sure that Mr Ibe returns back to his position. He collects the elders in the house of Ogbuefi Ezenwa and bribe them to vote for Ibe during elections.