chapter  9
17 Pages

Strongmen and Strategists: Perspectivising Models of Confl ict Resolution in Chinua Achebe’s Things Fall Apart and Anthills of the Savannah


Because the causes of confl icts in any human society diff er from one situation to another, so also are the diff erent approaches and methods adopted to tackle confl ict resolution. Historically, from the beginning of human existence, human societies have been embroiled in having to choose to coexist in harmony or in confl ict and debating the rights and wrongs of both war and peace. With the dynamism that has attended human existence as refl ected in the advances in civilization and emergence of a plethora of religious proclivities, the genesis of confl ict, which often gives birth to violence and war, lie invariably within factors that include the search for identity, ethnicity, power struggles, inequality of shared resources, oppression, and so on. This chapter discusses confl ict and its resolution, not as a literary construct in Chinua Achebe’s Things Fall Apart (1958) and Anthills of the Savannah (1987).1 Rather, it explores how the use of this literary device to resolve the literary confl icts in the novels, foregrounds Achebe’s contribution to the on-going discourse and search for effi cacious methods for resolving confl icts that often engender violence, wars, and other destructive tendencies, which are inimical to human existence in any part of the world.