Chinua Achebe uses the theme of corruption to portray a transition in Nigeria from a colony to an independent state. In the novel, Obi being accustomed to the English way of life is not a fan of bribery. This is evident in his encounter with the young boy upon his return to Lagos: "A young man, almost a boy in fact, was dealing with Obi's cabin. He told him that the duty on his radiogram would be five pounds. 'Right,' said Obi, feeling his hip-pockets. 'Write a receipt for me.' The boy did not write. He looked at Obi for a few seconds, and then said: 'I can be able to reduce it to two pounds for you.' 'How?' asked Obi. 'I fit do it, but you no go get Government receipt.' For a few secon...
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...as sleeping asked him , "Why do you want a job in the Civil Service? So that you can take bribes? " This simply indicates that they all are aware of the corruption happening around them but no one is willing to do anything about it.
In conclusion, we can say that corruption is a menace which has eaten deep into the Nigerian society and is a driving force in Nigeria's struggle for independence. Like every other country under colonial era it is difficult to erase the bad habits inherited whilst under the rule and this affects the country politically, socially and economically. This novel portrays Obi and his struggle to create a change in society as Nigeria as they attempt to gain independence and make a change in the country. However, the ill fortune that befell him is kind of a pre-monition of what would happen to Nigeria if they succeeded in gaining independence.
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