Okonkwo escaped from the poverty his father placed him in and rose quickly to one of the lords of the clan.
The Ibo people have a proverb that when a man says yes his chi says yes also.
Ikemefuna, the boy that Okonkwo cared for, was a very lively boy and became well accepted by Okonkwo’s household.
Even though Okonkwo mainly showed his stern side, he has become very fond of Ikemefuna, but does not show it.
When Ojiugo, Okonkwo’s first wife, returned from her friend’s house he expressed his characteristic anger by beating her for not cooking the afternoon meal before she left.
Because Okonkwo was so angry, he forgot it was the Week of Peace. During the Week of Peace a man is not supposed to say a harsh word to his neighbor. It is held the week before they put their crops in the earth.
The priest would not break a kola nut with Okonkwo because he has no respect for the gods and ancestors.
They believed that since Okonkwo instituted the Earth goddess, she may refuse to give all the people their increase.
If a man dies during the week of peace, he is to be taken to the Evil Forest.
Heavy rain fell on the village and the people consulted the village rain maker.
The children sang, “The rain is falling, the sun is shining, Alone Nnadi is cooking and eating.”