Things Fall Apart characters

Okonkwo The central character of Things Fall Apart. A young leader of the African Igbo community of Umuofia. He is known as a fierce warrior as well as a successful farmer. He is determined to overcome the stigma left by his father’s laziness and wastefulness.
Unoka Okonkwo’s father, known for his weakness and lack of responsibility.
Nwoye Okonkwo’s oldest son, age twelve at the book’s beginning. He is innately a sensitive young man.
Ikemefuna A boy of fourteen who is given to Umuofia by a neighboring village to avoid war. He is a clever, resourceful young man.
Ekwefi Okonkwo’s second wife; the mother of Ezinma, her only living child.
Ezinma Daughter of Ekwefi and Okonkwo; Ekwefi’s only surviving child.
Ojiubo Okonkwo’s third wife; the mother of several of Okonkwo’s children.
Obierika Okonkwo’s best friend, who often represents the voice of reason.
Chielo A village widow who is also the priestess of Agbala.
Agbala The Oracle of the Hills and the Caves, who influences all aspects of Umuofian life.
Mr. Brown The first white Christian missionary in Umuofia and Mbanta. An understanding and accommodating man, he is inclined to listen to the Igbos.
Mr. Kiaga The native interpreter for the missionaries. He is a teacher and a leader of the new church in Mbanta.
egwugwu leaders of the clan who wear masks during certain rituals and speak on behalf of the spirits; the term can be either singular or plural.
Ibo a member of a people of southeastern Nigeria; known for their art and their skills as traders. Today, the word is spelled Igbo (the g is not pronounced).
iyi-uwa a special stone linking an ogbanje child and the spirit world; The ogbanje is protected as long as the stone is not discovered and destroyed.
Mbaino neighboring community and Ikemefuna’s original home
Mbanta Okonkwo’s motherland
ogbanje a child possessed by an evil spirit that leaves the child’s body upon death only to enter into the mother’s womb to be reborn again within the next child’s body
osu a class of people in Igbo culture considered outcasts, not fit to associate with free-born members of the clan.
a week of peace In Umofia, a sacred week in which violence is prohibited.
Reverend James Smith the missionary who replaces Mr. Brown, uncompromising and strict and shows no respect for indigenous customs or culture.
Maduka Obierika’s son
Ogbuefi Ezeudu Oldest man in Umuofia, tells news from the Oracle about Ikemefuna, suddenly dies, had three of the four titles, well respected, large funeral
Obuefi Ezuego Powerful orator in Umuofia
Ogbuefi Udo Wife is killed by Mbaino, receives a virgin from Mbaino as his new wife
ndichie elders
Nwakibie Wealthy man, gives Okonkwo 800 yam seeds
Iguedo Okonkwo’s specific village, one of the nine Umuofian villages
Okagbu Uyanwa Medicine man who finds Ezinma’s iyi uwa
Uchendu Okonkwo’s uncle who receives him into Mbanta
Abame Village who kills the first white man they see, later destroyed by whites
Nneka First woman convert of Mbanta who keeps bearing twins, not a big loss, the name is the most common and means “Mother is Supreme”
Okoli Kills the sacred python, later dies mysteriously
Egonwanne Speaks of peace, weak, Okonkwo believes he is the greatest obstacle to the clan
Enoch Fanatical Christian convert, rips off the mask of an egwugwu, father is priest of the snake cult, Umuofia burns his house
Ogbuefi Ugonna Respected man of Umuofia with two titles who joins Church

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