Conclusion In this paper we have tried to show the structural and semantic functions of orature in the novel under consideration. We showed how the myths of the Pillar of Fire and Pillar of Water, as well as the missing horse motif, provide the semantic base on which the novel rests. The three motifs constitute the thesis, antithesis and synthesis of the narrative argument ofAnthills of the Savannah. The basic question asked by the novel is one of very topical urgency in the country's (i.e. Nigeria's), nay Africa's, chequered political history and the “solution” proffered at the end of the novel suggests that this must be taken as the author's lastest contribution to the burning issues of violence, inhumanity, injustice and instability in our policy. And for the first time in Achebe's fictional world woman unequivacally takes the centre stage but this, in our view, must not be taken as the replacement of one domination by another domination, of one polarity by another polarity; rather the author appears to affirm that ultimate salvation lies beyond polarities, in the fusion of opposing forces, in short in co-operation and team-work.