Let’s talk about the topic, the character of Chief Haladu Ade-Amaka and his role in Harvest of Corruption.
My purpose in this tutorial is to give you key points on the character of Chief Haladu Ade-Amaka. I trust that you will use these points to give a good answer to any question about Chief Haladu Ade-Amaka in Harvest of Corruption.
We will begin with the essential aspects of the character of Chief Haladu Ade-Amaka We will then note other important points about his role or contribution to equally important aspects of the play. I am referring to things like dramatic techniques, thematic development and the development of the plot of Harvest of Corruption
The Character of Chief Haladu Ade-Amaka
Chief Haladu Ade-Amaka is the chief villain in Frank Ogodo Ogbeche’s satirical play, Harvest of Corruption
Chief Haladu’s unsightly physical appearance appears to have something to do with his moral corruption.
He has an oval face that is covered with sweat all the time.
Just like Justice Odili, Chief has a protruding tummy. The only difference is that his is covered with a flowing agbada. Obviously, feeding fat on stolen state resources has markedly transformed the physical appearance of these men into caricatures of overfed toddlers.
- Chief Haladu Ade-Amaka is a corrupt state official.
- He is 59 years old and a public servant occupying one of the most influential positions (Minister of External Relations) in the government of Jacassa.
- Apart from being a minister of state, Chief Haladu Ade-Amaka is also a businessman. But his business activities are mostly shady. He runs a chain of dubious companies. Just listen to how Madam Hoha puts it in a conversation with Ochuole. And it is as spine-chilling as it is true.
“I am sure that the likes of your chief will never regret their retirement because of the chain of companies they float. Of course, most of them are dubious. All they do is stashing government money somewhere through some conduit pipes for the rainy day and he has so many of the pipes in people like you and your type around him there.”
Chief Haladu Ade-Amaka misappropriates state resources to fund his corrupt activities. The 1.2 billion naira embezzlement case is just a tip of the iceberg. These are the monies he freely gives out in bundles to his cronies.
He spends the stolen money lavishly on people like Madam Hoha, Justice Odili, the Commissioner of Police and of course, Ochuole. They are the people without whom he will not be able to execute his criminal plans successfully.
Chief’s disturbing attitude towards money
Chief Haladu Ade-Amaka’s attitude to money is both disturbing naive. This is quite strange for a whole Minister of External Relations. Chief believes that he can use money as an instrument to make everybody do his will.
Sadly for him, the ACP Yakubus in this society cannot be bribed. There are still a few who are not willing to allow corruption to go unpunished. Together with the men of the State Security Service and a few morally upright men of the Judiciary, ACP Yakubu succeeds in proving wrong Chief’s assumptions about the power and influence of money.
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- Chief Haladu Ade-Amaka is a smuggler of contraband goods and a known drug trafficker. The Commissioner of Police is the one who supervises these illicit activities.
There are also corrupt customs officials on Chief’s payroll. It is some customs officers at the airport who take bribes from Chief in order to give easy passage to his drug couriers. Aloho only happens to be unlucky on her very first assignment.
The fact that a character of Chief Haladu-Amaka’s tainted reputation could easily find his way to a ministerial position and continue to remain there for a long time shows that the system really needs a thorough housecleaning.
- Chief is an adulterer. He is irresponsible in his treatment of the opposite sex.
Though a married man, Chief sexually exploits young women like Ochuole whose love for material possessions knows no bounds. He takes advantage of vulnerable young female graduates searching for a job in his ministry. This is how he ends up getting the unmarried Aloho pregnant.
Ochuole appears to know the depths of Chief’s moral depravity. Interestingly, this does not stop her from serving him. Listen to her here as she comes in to see Madam Hoha at the Akpara Hotel.
“The old crook. He will want her immediately even right there in the office. You know the Gagoon has no scruples especially with women. Indeed I have never seen his type.”
Chief thus impregnates Aloho without even knowing it. Aloho must have been just one of his numerous victims.
Chief Haladu Ade-Amaka and the theme of abuse of power.
An instance of the extent to which Chief Haladu Ade-Amaka abuses his power is the summary manner he appoints Aloho. The minister does this even before meeting Aloho personally let alone assessing her application.
Moreover, he appoints, in his office, people like Ochuole and Aloho to occupy his self-created positions. These are phony positions that have nothing to do with government work. But he pays these appointees of his with state funds.
Again, Chief Haladu Ade-Amaka misuses his ministerial position to get undeserved influential promotions for his favourites. We hear him promise the Commissioner of Police a promotion to the position of Inspector General of Police. This is a clear case of nepotism. Had this promised promotion been allowed to happen, it would probably have been the end of Jacassa.
A further example of chief’s wanton abuse of his office and power is when he makes sure that the state prosecutor in Aloho’s drug smuggling case is absent in court.
Chief’s luck will run out sooner than he expects. His attempt to intimidate the men from the State Security Service is unsuccessful.
Chief Haladu Ade-Amaka is a liar.
- During his trial, Chief Haladu Ade Amaka denies ever engaging in any of the illegal activities that the prosecution have cited. Chief blames the allegations, his arrest and trial on his enemies. He says his detractors are simply bent on seeing his downfall.
- Also, he feigns sickness in court and asks to see a doctor.
How Chief Haladu Ade-Amaka finally harvests the fruits of his corruption.
The jury in the Wasa High Court case finds Chief guilty of all the charges brought up against him. It is a comprehensive and shameful list.
- Drug dealing
- Bribery and corruption
- Abuse of public office
- Betrayal of the people’s trust etc etc. etc.
He receives a 25-year prison sentence “with hard labour”. The judge further orders him to refund to the state the 1.2 billion naira he has embezzled.
In the words of the presiding judge In the watershed trial that ensues at the Wasa High Court, Chief Haladu Ade-Amaka is a disgrace to the high office he has been privileged to occupy.
“I shall not call you or address you as Chief because you do not deserve it. Honestly, Mr Minister of External Relations, people like you who dress in sheep clothing when actually they are wolves, in my opinion, should be paraded publicly for people to see.”
The role of Chief Haladu Ade-Amaka in Harvest of Corruption
As we have seen so far, Chief contributes significantly to the following themes in the novel.
- Bribery and corruption
- Abuse of power
- Sexual immorality
- Indiscipline in the civil service or government in general.
His contribution to the development of the plot of Harvest of Corruption
Chief Haladu Ade-Amaka is arguably the main antagonist in Harvest of Corruption. His actions and decisions are what move the action of this satirical drama. This is why his downfall marks the end of the play or the resolution stage in the plot.
The contribution of Chief Haladu Ade-Amaka to our appreciation of other characters
Frank Ogodo Ogbeche juxtaposes the character of Chief against that of ACP Yakubu for a purpose.
Firstly, it is meant for us to fully appreciate the hugely important role the police can play in the fight against corruption. It is also to let us continue to believe in state institutions that appear to have been broken beyond redemption.
Just like Chief Haladu Ade-Amaka, ACP Yakubu is a public servant. But unlike the former, ACP Yakubu is a disciplined and morally upright police officer. He places his duty to his country far above his personal interests.
ACP Yakubu’s type may be rare but they are still around. With a little support from the powers that be and the general public, they can fix the broken system.
It is on this note of hope and optimism that the play Harvest of Corruption ends.