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A close examination of the early literary outputs by Nigerians… reveals an enormous package of the people’s oral tradition. The writers are aware of the significance of oral tradition as an integral part of African culture. By incorporating the oral tradition of Africans into their writings, they have largely succeeded in giving an air of authenticity to their writings and established a consciousness which is characteristically African.

To Chinua Achebe, African literature is “a creative writing in which African setting is authentically handled or to which African experiences originating from Africa are integral.” Achebe has realized the hurdles that African writers have to clear and has to adopt a different method that has to break the frontiers of the European language. To fulfil the dream of African literature written in the African language and at the same time get publication and receive a wide readership, Achebe has adopted these levels of language in his Anthills of the Savannah. These are the conventional English spoken by the educated elites, pidgin perceived to be used by the downtrodden and transliteration used by the rural folk aimed at preserving the culture of Africa. The rural folk see no other way of expressing their experiences if translation is to be used.

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To Chinua Achebe, African literature is “a creative writing in which African setting is authentically handled or to which African experiences originating from Africa are integral.” Achebe has realized the hurdles that African writers have to clear and has to adopt a different method that has to break the frontiers of the European language. To fulfil the dream of African literature written in the African language and at the same time get publication and receive a wide readership, Achebe has adopted these levels of language in his Anthills of the Savannah. These are the conventional English spoken by the educated elites, pidgin perceived to be used by the downtrodden and transliteration used by the rural folk aimed at preserving the culture of Africa. The rural folk see no other way of expressing their experiences if translation is to be used.

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Language is not only a means of communication but also a social and cultural phenomenon that reflects and constructs various aspects of human society and identity. Therefore, studying the language used in different texts can reveal the underlying social and cultural meanings and values that shape and influence the texts and their contexts. Sociolinguistics is a branch of linguistics that investigates the relationship between language and society, and how language varies and changes according to different social factors, such as region, class, gender, ethnicity, etc. A socio-linguistic analysis of texts can help to understand how language is used to create and communicate different social meanings and identities, such as power, ideology, identity, culture, etc. However, there is a lack of sociolinguistic studies on Achebe’s Anthills of the Savannah. Therefore, this study aims to fill this gap by conducting a sociolinguistic analysis of Chinua Achebe’s Anthills of the Savannah, a text that has not been adequately explored from a sociolinguistic perspective.

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Despite being published in a foreign language, African fiction in English is the fledgling of African society. Kehinde (2005) (In Olanyan, 2017) states that “for any literary work to merit meaningful consideration, it is necessary that it bears relevance explicitly or implicitly to the social milieu in which it is set” (p. 88). Anglophone African authors cannot extend themselves or their narratives’ discourse from the community with which they deal (Olanyan, 2017). As parts of African cultural and social realities, Nigerian pidgin, Igbo lexicons, code-mixing/code-switching, proverbs and idioms etc. are regarded as indicators of their richness and diversity.

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Despite being published in a foreign language, African fiction in English is the fledgling of African society. Kehinde (2005) (In Olanyan, 2017) states that “for any literary work to merit meaningful consideration, it is necessary that it bears relevance explicitly or implicitly to the social milieu in which it is set” (p. 88). Anglophone

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