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WADE

, Assistant Superintendent of the Prison, Okperi (Arrow of God, chapter 3). Wade is also the only person in the area who has access to an automobile, in which he is frequently called upon to deliver sick officers to the mission hospital at Nkisa (Arrow of God, chapter 13).

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WAGADA, ALHAJI CHIEF SENATOR SULEIMAN

, the Minister of Foreign Trade in the government of the fictional African postcolonial nation featured in A Man of thePeople. Wagada's corrupt practices in dealing with foreign corporations such as British Amalgamated trigger a national scandal that topples the government and leads to new parliamentary elections in chapter 10 of the novel. There are suggestions, however, that Wagada is no more corrupt than anyone else in the government and that he is merely following a tradition set by his predecessor as Minister of Foreign Trade, Chief Nanga.

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WARNER, SISTER

, the only other European woman in the region of Umuaro in Arrow of God besides Mary Savage. She is a nurse who works in the Nkisa mission hospital with Dr. Savage (Arrow of God, chapter 13).

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WATKINSON

, Senior District Officer who was promoted above Winterbottom, although Winterbottom was three years his senior (Arrow of God, chapter 5).

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WAUGH, EVELYN

(1903-1966). English writer whose novel A Handful of Dust is cited by Obi Okonkwo in chapter 5 of NoLonger at Ease in support of his concept of tragedy.

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WAYA

, a small roadside market that has been established to serve the Anata Grammar Schoolin A Man of the People.

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WEEK OF PEACE

, an annual week devoted to the earth goddess Ani, held just before the planting of new crops in order to ask the favor of Ani in overseeing the success of the new planting. During the week, no one is allowed to work or to behave in a violent or disruptive manner, a rule that Okonkwo breaks in chapter 4 of Things Fall Apart by

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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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