Character Analysis and Role of CHIEF ADE HALADU-AMAKA In Harvest of Corruption
CHIEF ADE HALADU-AMAKA
Ade Amaka (a ka. Chief)
Chief has a protruding stomach that his friends fondly call him “the pregnant chief. He has a round face which is said to be constantly covered with sweat “no matter the weather (p l4). He is said to breathe heavily whether he is awake or asleep. As for his gait, he “walks like a man who has an enlarged scrotum” (p. 14). This no doubt paints a picture of corruption, the image of social decay as represented in one person alone.
He is the Hon. Minister in charge of External Relations. We are never treated to the real nature of his work as a Minister. We see him run after girls, order food and drinks in Akpara Hotel which he also uses as the warehouse for his cocaine deals. He is painted as a spendthrift who asks Madam Hoha to “just serve yourself whatever you want and add the bills” (p. 14) immediately the hotel proprietress complains that he has not been “fair” to her.
He enjoys the warmth of women’s company. At Akpara Hotel he orders for “two bottles of big stout,” (p. 14) and two mortars ofishi ewu for him and for Ochuole. When Ochuole complains of money to settle her mother’s hospital bill, he “draws his portfolio nearer to himself presses the buttons open and pulls out a bundle of money which he throws on her laps” (p. 16.) he sees Aloho, he indicates readiness to give her a job in his Ministry and schedules a meeting at 4 pm in his favourite hotel-Akpara Hotel. We later learn that he puts Aloho in the family way shortly after coming in contact with her Chief is both the grower of corruption and the reaper of its outcome. He briefs the Police Commissioner and Justice odili on basis that they will protect him against the dictates of the law. This way he runs his hard drug business unmolested, and when one of his carriers Aloho is caught at the airport, Justice Odili organizes a Kangaroo hearing and releases the culprit in a matter of days. He divests the Ministry of huge sums of money and converts government workers into his direct servants and agents in his nefarious deals. In the end, he receives a very long term. About to face the law, he loses his nerves. He asks the SSS people who come for him to give him “time to pull” himself together. Earlier, he had tried to be bold by asking them: “Who
are you and who the hell is your Chief that you should come into my office and behave as if the world is in your pockets?” (p. 89) The same loss of nerves is observed when the case is underway. “My Lord,” Chief pleads, “I think I want to see a doctor. I am not feeling well'” (p109). When he is about to be sentenced, he pleads for leniency and informs the court that “my entire village and local government depend on me” (p. As if the jail for those who are not married, Chief further pleads, “Show mercy My Lord, I have a family p-l-e-a s e’ (p. 118).