Harvest of Corruption by Frank Ogodo Ogbeche

Harvest of Corruption is a play (drama) written by Frank Ogbeche to condemn the ills and foibles of the contemporary Nigerian society. The play is a satire illustrating how corruption permeates the fabric of the Nigerian society and affects institutions like the police force, the judiciary, and government ministries.

The play revolves mostly around Aloho, a naïve and jobless university graduate who is desperately searching for a job. Her meeting with Ochuole, a notorious old school mate of hers leads to a series of events which lend credence to the popular saying ‘You reap what you sow’.

 

About the Author

Frank Ogodo Ogbeche is from Yala in Cross River State, Nigeria. He studied Communication Arts and currently works as a Senior Council Affairs Officer in the Office of the Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF). He is a member of the Association of Nigerian Authors (ANA), Nigerian Institute of Public Relations (NIPR) and the Nigerian Union of Journalists (NUJ),and has to his credit a number of plays and poems including The Intruder and the Promises of the Gods.

Study Guide

  • PLOT

The play revolves mostly around Aloho, a naïve and jobless university undergraduate who is desperately searching for a job. She meets Ochuole, a notorious old school mate of hers who is the Chief Administrative Officer at the Ministry of External Relations. Ochuole offers to help her secure a job by speaking with the Honourable Minister of External Relations, Chief Ade Haladu-Amaka on her behalf. Aloho is offered a job as one of Chief Ade Haladu-Amaka’s protocol officers. However, she does not know that Ochuole is actually being used by the Chief to perpetrate criminal activities especially drug trafficking. Madam Hoha’s hotel is the hideout for these criminal activities.

Chief Ade Haladu-Amaka gives Aloho a package containing hard drugs to deliver in the United States of America. Aloho unknowingly accepts the package and gets arrested at the airport by drug law enforcement officers. Chief Ade Haladu-Amaka bribes the judge and the prosecutors to set Aloho free.

Upon Aloho’s release from detention, she discovers she is pregnant for Chief Ade Haladu-Amaka. She makes futile attempts to abort the pregnancy and eventually dies while giving birth to the child. Meanwhile, a honest police officer, ACP Yakubu initiates investigations into allegations of embezzlement of the sum of One point two billion naira embezzled by Chief Ade Haladu Amaka. Ayo, a clerk in the office of Chief provides necessary documents to the police to unravel the crime after receiving a bribe. Ogeyi, Aloho’s friend seeks justice by reporting Chief to the police. Justice prevails in the end as all the corrupt characters are punished and made to pay for the crimes committed.

  • TYPE OF DRAMA

The play, Harvest of Corruption is a satire. A satire is a literary work that exposes vices, follies, abuses, and shortcomings with the intent of shaming individuals, corporations, government or society itself, into improvement.Through this play, Frank Ogbeche condemns the ills and foibles of the contemporary Nigerian society. Harvest of Corruption illustrates how corruption permeates the fabric of the Nigerian society and affects institutions like the police force, the judiciary, and government ministries.

Harvest of Corruption is also a tragedy. A tragedy is a play portraying the suffering of the main character, especially one concerning the downfall of the main character and having an unhappy ending. Aloho endures years of joblessness, struggles to get a job, gets arrested for drug trafficking and eventually dies in her struggle to make ends meet.

  • SETTING

The play is set in Jabu, a fictional Nigerian city. Much of the action takes place in different locations- Ogeyi’s apartment in Pannya, Madam Hoha’s hotel at Darkin, Police Headquarters at Darkin, Ministry of External Relations in Maisama, and the Court Room. The play was written during the period of transition to democratic government.

CHARACTERS

1. ALOHO

Aloho is the main character in the play. She is a young and naïve university female graduate desperately searching for a job. In her desperation, she ignorantly becomes part of a criminal network involved in drug trafficking in spite of her friend’s constant warning to keep away from notorious Ochuole. Aloho is arrested and detained for drug trafficking. Upon her release, she suddenly realizes that she is pregnant for Chief Haladu-Amaka and eventually dies during child-birth. The author uses Aloho’s character to portray the ordeals of many young and jobless Nigerian graduates, how they are easily taken advantage of and lured into crime in their desperation to eke out a living.

2. OCHUOLE

Ochuole is Aloho’s classmate in the University. She is portrayed as notorious and wayward. Ochuole works as Chief Administrative Officer at the Ministry of External Relations. She aids Chief’s sexually immoral lifestyle by providing him with ladies. She lures Aloho into drug trafficking in the guise of helping her to secure a job with the Ministry of External Relations.

3. CHIEF ADE HALADU-AMAKA

He is the Minister of External Relations and the epitome of corruption in the play. He is the ring leader of a criminal network of drug peddlers. He engages in bribery, large scale embezzlement of public funds, sexual immorality and fraud. His character is ironical. As a Minister of External Relations, he is supposed to promote his country’s image in the comity of nations. On the contrary, Chief Haladu-Amaka through his many vices portrayed his country in a bad light.

4. OGEYI

Ogeyi is Aloho’s friend and confidant. Aloho lives with Ogeyi in her small apartment in Pannya. She tries to discourage Aloho from taking Ochuole’s job offer and warns her to keep away from Ochuole. She seeks justice for Aloho by reporting Chief to the police. She is the voice of reason in the play.

5. MADAM HOHA

Madam Hoha is the proprietress of Akpara Hotel. The hotel is where Chief perpetuates his criminal activities. She is sentenced to ten years imprisonment with hard labour along with Ochuole and her hotel was sealed.

6. ACP YAKUBU Yakubu is an Assistant Commissioner of Police. He stands out as an incorruptible and honest police officer. He withstood pressures from his boss, the Commissioner to stop investigating Chief’s activities at the Ministry of External Relations. His investigations led to the arrest and prosecution of Chief, Ochuole, Madam Hoha, the Commissioner of Police and the corrupt Justice Odili.

THEMES

1. Retribution

This is the central theme of the play. The main idea is that a man reaps what he sows. All the corrupt characters are brought to book in the end. Chief is convicted and sentenced to twenty-five years in imprisonment with hard labour and ordered to refund the embezzled funds. This punishment is his harvest of corruption. The humiliation suffered by Aloho for drug trafficking, her pregnancy and death also portray her harvest of corruption. Ochuole and Madam Hoha are sentenced to ten years in imprisonment with hard labour while Madam Hoha’s hotel is also sealed. This is their harvest of corruption. Justice Odili and the Commissioner of Police are sentenced to twenty years in imprisonment for receiving bribe. Ayo, the clerk is also punished as he is sentenced to five years imprisonment for receiving a bribe.

2. Corruption

The author illustrates the bribery, large-scale embezzlement in official quarters, drug trafficking, sexual immorality perpetuated by highly placed personalities who are supposed to be policy makers and law enforcement officers. Frank Ogodo Ogbeche shows
how corruption permeates government institutions and every fabric of the society as well as the devastating effect corruption has on our everyday life.

3. Betrayal of Public Trust

Chief Haladu-Amaka, the Minister of External Relations betrayed the trust reposed in him by virtue of the public office he holds through large-scale embezzlement of public funds, forgery, fraud and bribery. The author advocates a political, social and moral re-birth.

Likely Questions

1. Discuss the following characters: i. Aloho ii. Ochuole iii. Chief Ade Haladu-Amaka

2. Attempt a summary of the plot of Harvest of Corruption

3. Describe the setting of the play Harvest of Corruption

4. Identify and discuss the themes of the play Harvest of Corruption

5. Discuss Harvest of Corruption as a satire.

See also Lonely Days, Faceless, and Blood of a Stranger.

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  1. ABDULGANIYU MUAZ

    GOD WILL BLESS YOU FOR THE EXCELLENT WORK YOU HAVE DONE,I WISH YOU HOW HAPPY I AM TO READ THE SUMMARY OF THE NOVEL,BECAUSE I WAS NOT ABLE TO FIX OUT THE THEMES AND SETTING IN HARVEST OF CORRUPTION.THANK YOU VERY MUCH, MAY GOD ENRICH YOUR POCKET AS YOU HELP PEOPLE TO KNOW BETTER.BYE

    • Dayo Okubule

      You are welcome.

  2. ABDULGANIYU MUAZ

    PLEASE, I NEED YOUR HELP TO CHOOSE AND TELL ME THE NOVEL I SHOULD READ NEXT OUT OF THE FOLLOWING; 1) FACELESS BY AMMA DARKO.2) LONELY DAYS BY BAYO ADEBOWALE.

    • Dayo Okubule

      Both books are interesting and easy to read. You may read ‘Lonely Days’ first.

    • promise

      they said i should revie dis book harvest of corruption and i dont know where to start can u help me

  3. ABDULGANIYU MUAZ

    THANKS,I WILL DO SO.KINDLY PREPARE THE SUMMARY AND THEMES SO THAT I CAN GO THROUGH IT.

    • Dayo Okubule

      My blog post on Lonely Days already contains the summary and themes.

  4. favour

    Tanxs for d characters

    • Dayo Okubule

      @ Favour, you are welcome

  5. Sammani muhammad yusuf

    The full biography of frank ogodo ogbeche.

  6. Abimbola Oyegun

    Good job Dayo Okubule

    • Dayo Okubule

      @Abimbola. Thanks

  7. Sammani muhammad yusuf

    Pls biography of the author.

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  9. Nelson

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    • Dayo Okubule

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    • Dayo Okubule

      Thank you. Please note that this is only a study guide designed to aid students’ understanding of the text. I strongly encourage students to read the text.

  11. POLITICAL ORATOR

    The play “Harvest Of Corruption” by Frank Ogodo Ogbeche is an interesting drama that exposed the unacceptable activities of government officials who are not working in the interest of the of their country but to exploit the country economy and leaving the masses in a state of deprivation.
    Any way,the book is so interesting and it gives me pleasure to read it in a number without times.

  12. POLITICAL ORATOR

    The play “Harvest Of Corruption” by Frank Ogodo Ogbeche is an interesting drama that exposed the unacceptable activities of government officials who are not working in the interest of the of their country but to exploit the country economy and leaving the masses in a state of deprivation.
    Any way,the book is so interesting and it gives me pleasure to read it in a number without times.
    THANKS MADAM DAYO FOR YOUR GOOD WORK.LOVE U

    • Dayo Okubule

      @politicalorator6 Thank you.

  13. Political Orator

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    This book is a well understanding novel that tells how the leaders are maltreating the society through there bad character and bad behaviour which makes the society to be in eccentricity and unfavourable condition’s. likewise the attributes of Chief Ade Haladu amaka as a bad ambassador to the society,well to my own expectation chief was supposed to be given life in prisonment but this will serve as lesson to other bad leaders who is willing to corrupt the society. THANKS TO FRANK OGBECHE for
    written this type of novel.

  21. Shodunke ibrahim

    This book is a well understanding novel that tells how the leaders are maltreating the society through there bad character and bad behaviour which makes the society to be in eccentricity and unfavourable condition’s. likewise the attributes of Chief Ade Haladu amaka as a bad ambassador to the society,well to my own expectation chief was supposed to be given life in prisonment but this will serve as lesson to other bad leaders who is willing to corrupt the society. THANKS TO FRANK OGBECHE for
    written this type of novel.and can you produce sum novel like this.

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  25. John K Conteh

    Hi Dayo please help me with the comprehensive analysis on Harvest of Corruption as a satire

  26. Alqasim Magaji

    Thank you Dayo Okubule, for the work well done. keep it up. May God bless you as you help and encourage students to read. My regard to Frank Ogodo Ogbeche.

  27. samantha

    Pls can u help me with the role of pidjin language in the play?

  28. ibiam ikechi

    nice one but I can’t see the figures of speech used in the drama

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  39. Stephen

    Please what is the climax of the play.

  40. sani nuhu atojoko

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  41. Afua Appiah

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  44. owoseni ismail

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  47. Amos Augustine

    This is clear illustration of SATIRE is wonderful play then. Frank you ‘really did a nice and interesting novel. If our dear nation should do what really mean in this play, and bringing every culprit to book our country will really turn to a new Jerusalem’!!’ you did a nice job we appreciate your effort. you guy should also read native son’s

  48. obi johnpaul

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