Dead Men’s Path

Government Education Officer / White Supervisor Character Analysis

The white government official, presumably employed by the Mission authorities, who visits Ndume Central School for a routine inspection. He happens to arrive the day after the grounds get destroyed—likely by the angry villagers—and thus writes a “nasty” review about the sorry state of the school. He also sharply criticizes Obi’s “misguided zeal,” which the Supervisor believes was the catalyst for the “tribal-war situation” that has come about between the school and the village.

Government Education Officer / White Supervisor Quotes in Dead Men’s Path

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Obi woke up next morning among the ruins of his work. The beautiful hedges were torn up not just near the path but right round the school, the flowers trampled to death and one of the school buildings pulled down… That day, the white Supervisor came to inspect the school and wrote a nasty report on the state of the premises but more seriously about the “tribal-war situation developing between the school and the village, arising in part from the misguided zeal of the new headmaster.”

Related Symbols: Path, Gardens
Page Number: 74
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Government Education Officer / White Supervisor Character Timeline in Dead Men’s Path

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...close the path a while ago. Obi, nonetheless, is scandalized by the thought of the Government Education Officer witnessing signs of the “pagan ritual” during his inspection in a week’s time. Thus, Obi... (full context)
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Shortly afterwards, a white government Supervisor arrives to inspect the school. He pens a “nasty report” about Obi, the dilapidated school... (full context)