Corruption and class conflict

In Adichie’s Half of a Yellow Sun, corruption, political unrest and class conflict play an important over-arching role in the telling of this novel. As Ugwu, his aunt, and the Master travel to Ugwu’s home to check up on his mother’s ailing health, Master remarks that “If we learn irrigation technology, we can feed this country easily…all the ignoramuses in government do is lie and steal” (112). The governmental corruption is evident when it comes to the tremendous social and class divide in Nigeria at this time. To Master, a trip to the doctor is just a short ride away. However, for the people of Ugwu’s hometown of Opi, a trip to the doctors is long and severe. In fact, the children of Opi act as if they have never seen a car before, demonstrated when the narrator states, “The village children were gathering around the car to peer inside and run awed fingers over the blue body” (113). It is almost as if the people of Opi live in a different technological time period, and this dramatic difference in relation to the wealth of Nsukka can be traced to the corruption in government.