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KANE, CHEIKH HAMIDOU

. Senegalese novelist and government administrator, author of L'Aventure ambiguë.

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KANGAN

, the fictional African nation in which the action of Anthills of the Savannah takes place. While Achebe clearly intends Kangan as a sort of allegorical representation of the postcolonial predicament of many African nations, it is clearly related most directly to Nigeria.

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KANO, AMINU

(1920-1983), important Nigerian political leader, often referred to by the title of “Mallam, ” an honorific indicating achievement as an Islamic scholar. Kanu was educated at Katsina College, gaining his di ploma in education in 1942 before going to Bauchi Training College to study to be a teacher. In 1946 he took a one-year course at the Institute of Education in London, then returned to colonial Nigeria to teach at Bauchi. There, he became a founder of the Bauchi General Improvement Union. In 1949, he was made president of the Maru Branch of Jam'iyyar Mutanen Arewa, a cultural organization that later developed into the Northern Peoples' Congress Party (NPC).

Throughout the 1950s, Kano was an important leader in the Nigerian quest for independence. After independence, he was initially active in the new government but became important largely for his energetic and courageous opposition to the ruling NPC. In this role, Kanu became the leader of the People's Redemption Party, an organization with which Achebe himself was affiliated and of which Achebe was elected deputy national president in 1983. Kanu established a reputation as a voice of independence and integrity in postcolonial Nigerian politics and is still widely regarded as the founding father of grassroots politics in Nigeria. In TheTrouble with Nigeria, Achebe singles out Kanu as a paradigm of the kind of political leader that postcolonial Nigeria needs in order to fulfill its potential as a nation.


FURTHER READING
Chinua Achebe, The Trouble with Nigeria; Alan Feinstein, African Revolutionary.

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KATIBE, ANDREW

, a friend and colleague of narrator Odili Samaluin A Man of thePeople. Both Katibe and Samalu teach at the Anata Grammar School as the book begins, and Anata is identified in the first chapter as Katibe's home village, which causes him to show a certain loyalty to Chief Nanga, who

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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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