Things Fall apart characters & igbo phrases

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Agbala

the oracle of the hills and caves who speaks to the people through her priestess

Amikwu

Okonkwo's cousin; he marries shortly after Okonkwo arrives; one who tells Okonkwo that Nwoye has become a missionary

Aneto

discussed by Obierika and Okwonko, this was a man hanged by the government after he killed a man with whom he had a dispute and because he had been unsatisfied with the new court's ruling on the dispute because it ignored custom.

Chielo

the priestess of Agbala who is a widow with two children and loves Ezinma

Chukwu

the main god of the Nigerians who created the world and the other smaller gods

The District Commissioner

an authority figure in the white colonial government in Nigeria; prototypical racist colonialist; thinks he understands natives but does not in reality; no respect for African culture, writing a book about Africa

Ekwefi

Okonkwo's second wife, once the village beauty; ran away from her first husband; close to Ezinma, her only daughter; friends with Chielo

Enoch

fanatical convert to the Christian church in Umofia; rips mask off an egwugwu during an annual ceremony to honor an earth deity which leads to a clash between the indigenous and colonial justice systems

Ogbuefi Ezeudu

oldest man in the village and one of the most important clan elders and leaders; great leader in youth, now delivers messages from Oracle

Ezinma

the only child of Okonkwo's second wife, Ekwefi and the only one of her 10 children to survive; loved by her mother- treated as equals; favored by Okonkwo because she understands him and reminds him of Ekwefi when she was the village beauty

Ikemefuna

a boy given to Okonkwo by a neighboring village, lives in the hut of Okonkwo's first wife and is close with Nwoye

Maduka

Obierka's son; wins a wrestling contest in his mid-teens. Okonkwo wishes he had sons like him

Mr. Brown

the first white missionary to travel to Umuofia; compromising and understanding; friends with prominent clansmen; builds a school and a hospital in Umuofia; respects tribe's values; maintains church in Iguedo

Rev. James Smith

missionary who replaces Mr. Brown; uncompromising and strict; no respect for their culture; stereotypical white colonist

Mr. Kiaga

the interpreter; leader of the infant congregation, a new African convert who takes charge of the church in Mbanto

Nkechi

the daughter of Okonkwo's third wife, Ojiugo

Nwoye

Okonkwo's oldest son, whom Okonkwo believes is weak and lazy like Unoka, his father; converts to Christianity and goes to Umuofia to learn to read and write at the church

Nwoye's Mother

Okonkwo's first wife

Obiageli

the daughter of Okonkwo's first wife; close to Ezinma in age but Ezinma has influence over her

Ojiugo

Okonkwo's third and youngest wife who he beats in the Week of Peace

Okoli

a man who kills the sacred python, falling ill and dying

Okonkwo

influential clan leader in Umofia; tragic flaw- fear of failure, weakness, laziness and being like his father; 3 wives and many children; does not like change

Uchendu

Okonkwo's uncle- the younger brother of his mother; receives Okonkwo's graciously in Mbanta and advises Okonkwo to thank his motherland; all but one of his 6 wives are dead and he has buried 22 kids; peaceful and compromising

Unoka

Okonkwo's father, of whom Okonkwo has been ashamed since childhhod; coward and spendthrift, no titles, in debt; died of illness; musician and dreamer

Nneka

a common name that Uchendu mentions, the first female convert; pregnant, had four sets of twins before that were executed

Obierika

Okonkwo's close friend, whose daughter's wedding provides cause for festivity early in the novel. He sells Okonkwo's yams to ensure that Okonkwo won't suffer financial ruin while in exile and comforts Okonkwo when he is depressed. Like Nwoye, he questions some of the tribe's traditional strictures.

Akunna

A clan leader of Umuofia. He and Mr. Brown discuss their religious beliefs peacefully, and this character's influence on the missionary advances Mr. Brown's strategy for converting the largest number of clansmen by working with, rather than against, their belief system. In so doing, however, the character formulates an articulate and rational defense of his religious system and draws some striking parallels between his style of worship and that of the Christian missionaries.

Nwakibie

A wealthy clansmen who takes a chance on Okonkwo by lending him 800 seed yams—twice the number for which Okonkwo asks, helping Okonkwo build up the beginnings of his personal wealth, status, and independence.

Okagbue Uyanwa

A famous medicine man whom Okonkwo summons for help in dealing with Ezinma's health problems.

ogbanje

a changeling; a child who repeatedly dies and returns to its mother to be reborn (an evil spirited child)

ogene

a musical instrument; a kind of gong

osu

outcast (not allowed to mix with other free people)

efulefu

worthless man

umunna

a wide group of kinsmen

ozo

the name of one of the titles or ranks

iyi-uwa

a special kind of stone which forms the link between an ogbanje and the spirit world. only if this were discovered and destroyed would the child not die.

ochu

murder or manslaughter

egwugwu

a masquerader who impersonates one of the ancestral spirits of the village

chi

personal god

ekwe

a musical instrument; a type of drum made from wood

Chinua Achebe

-raised by Nigerian Christian parents in an Igbo Nigerian town
-became a professor for african studies
-born in 1930

Umuofia

The name of the village where Okonkwo and his family live. It is one of a cluster of nine villages, the farthest being Mbaino.

Abame

A village destroyed by white men because they killed one white man. The villagers were ambushed and slaughtered in their marketplace as punishment for their crime against the white men.

Mbanta

one of the 9 Igbo villages in Things Fall Apart. Notably, it is Okonkwo's motherland, home to Uchendu, his uncle.

Mbaino

the village which Ikemefuna lives in before he is forced to live with Okonkwo in Umuofia in order to repent his father's crime. It is significant because in essence, things begin to "fall apart" after Ikemefuna arrives in Umuofia.

Umuru

Where tribesmen are hung by the white man.
This is actually a foreign village, the headquarters of white men on the bank of the Niger, "The Great River"

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