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GALLOWAY, MR. JUSTICE WILLIAM

, the judge (of the High Court of Lagos and the Southern Cameroons) who presides over the bribery trial of Obi Okonkwo, as noted in chapter 1 of NoLonger at Ease.

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GELEGELE MARKET

, a bustling market in the capital city of Bassa in the postcolonial nation of Kanganin Anthills of the Savannah. Clearly based on the example of such African markets as the one at Onitsha in Nigeria. The heteroglossic Gelegele Market functions as both an economic and a cultural center, where people of various ethnic and class backgrounds intermingle, sharing goods, customs, and ideas.

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THE GENERAL HOSPITAL

. In NoLonger at Ease, the hospital in Lagos at which Clara Okeke is employed as a nurse (see chapters 11 and 18).

Thomas J. Lynn


“GENTLEMAN BOBBY.”

In chapter 11 of NoLonger at Ease, a suggestive song performed by an unnamed vocalist for the high-life dancers at the Imperial nightclub.

Thomas J. Lynn


GEORGE, SAINT

(died A.D. 303?), patron saint of England, considered a Christian martyr whose death occurred shortly before the Roman Empire's official toleration of Christianity (promulgated in the Edict of Milan). Saint George is referred to in chapter 11 of NoLonger at Ease. Reliable evidence about George's life is scarce, although two early Syrian church inscriptions indicate that he was martyred at Lydda, Palestine (now also called Lod, Israel). Traditional guardian of soldiers, George was also designated protector of numerous medieval states, including Genoa, Venice, and Portugal (as well as England). George is, moreover, an important saint of Eastern Orthodox Christianity. In legend and art he embodies the attributes of courage and honor, the most prominent story and image of him being his vanquishing of a dragon on behalf of a Libyan princess, a deed that results in the embrace of Christianity by her people. In No Longer at EaseObi Okonkwo reflects on the career and motives of his supervisor in the civil service, William Green, associating him both with Saint

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Table of contents

  • Title Page iii
  • Contents v
  • Foreword: Chinua Achebe and the Institution of African Literature vii
  • Preface xvii
  • Chronology xix
  • A 1
  • B 39
  • C 51
  • D 73
  • E 76
  • F 83
  • G 91
  • H 96
  • I 109
  • J 122
  • K 126
  • L 130
  • M 136
  • N 161
  • O 191
  • P 218
  • R 229
  • S 233
  • T 246
  • U 270
  • V 280
  • W 281
  • Y 286
  • Z 288
  • Bibliography 289
  • Index 303
  • About the Contributors 315
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