Things Fall Apart

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Okonkwo

Protagonist, well respected man in Umuofia, 3 wives, 2 barns full of yams, banished after he accidentally kills Ogbuefi Ezeudu's son, hangs himself and he kills messenger, "Roaring Flame",

Unoka

Okonkwo's lazy, gentle, and idle father, debtor, good flute player, scared of blood, failure

Okoye

Unoka's friend, good musician

Nwoye

Okonwo's first wife's son, converts to Christianity after being captured by the "poetry" of the religion, renamed Isaac

Ekwefi

Okonkwo's second wife, Ezinma's mother

Ezinma

Ekwefi's daughter, an ogbanje, or a child who repeatedly dies and reenters the womb to be rebord, Okonkwo's favorite child, called "Salt" by Obiageli whom she has lots of influence over, "Crystal of Beauty"

Ojiugo

Okonkwo's third wife

Obierika

Okonkwo's friend, sells Okonkwo's yams when he is gone, Maduka's father

Maduka

Obierika's son, wins wrestling match

Akueke

Obierika's daughter, marries her suitor Ibe

Amalinze the Cat

Famous wrestler who Okonkwo defeated at the age of 18

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

Mbaino

Umuofia's neighboring hostile village, Ikemefuna's village

Ibo

Name of Okonkwo's tribal people

iyi uwa

sacred stone which links ogbanje to spirit world, solves recurring deaths

chi

personal god

ndichie

elders

egwugwu

impersonate ancestral spirits, elders of the village

obi

living quarters of the head of the family

ilo

village courtyard

Agbala

Goddess of the Oracle of the Hills and the Caves, also means woman or man without a title

Chika

Priestess of Agbala when Okonkwo was a sharecropper

Chielo

Current priestess

Nwakibie

Wealthy man, gives Okonkwo 800 yam seeds

seven

most important number in the Ibo tribe

yam

king of all crops

cowry

shells, act as currency of Ibo

Ikemefuna

Given to Umuofia by Mbaino, Okonkwo takes care of him, establishes a strong relationship with Nwoye, Oracle says he must die and Okonkwo slashes him down

Ifejioku

God of yams

Ani

Earth goddess, most important deity

Obiako

Palm-wine tapper who suddenly gives up his trade

Iguedo

Okonkwo's specific village, one of the nine Umuofian villages

Mbanta

Okonkwo's motherland

Ezeani

Priestess of Ani, informs Okonkwo of the punishment he must fulfill for his violation of the Week of Peace

Obiageli

Nwoye's arrogant sister who breaks her pot, friends with Ezinma

Ukegbu

Ibe's father

locusts

rare occurence, come once a year for sever years then go away for another lifetime, = whites

Okagbu Uyanwa

Medicine man who finds Ezinma's iyi uwa

Uzowulu

Pleads his case to the egwugwu to try and get his wife Mgbafo back

Mgbafo

Uzowulu's wife

Odukwe

Mgbafo's sister who says Uzowulu beat her severely

Umuachi

Farthest village in Umuofia, Chielo visits it on her midnight walk with Ezinma

Ekwensu

Evil Spirit

Uchendu

Okonkwo's uncle who receives him into Mbanta

Iweka

Obierika's father, friend of Uchendu

Amadi

Famous leper with "white" skin

Abame

Village who kills the first white man they see, later destroyed by whites

Mr. Kiaga

Ibo missionary who was converted and controls church in Mbanta

Mr. Brown

White missionary who is in charge, maintains the main church in Iguedo, gets sick and has to leave, humane, respectful, liked by Umuofia

efulefu

worthless man

usu

outcast

Violation of Week of Peace

Okonkwo beats Ojiugo for her "negligence"

Chukwu

Umuofia's God

kotma

court messenger

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"

umunna

wide group of male kinsmen

Nwayieke

Notorious for late cooking

Ndulue

Oldest men in Ire village, husband of Ozoemena

Ozoemena

Ndulue's wife, dies with him because they are "one"

Ajofia

Leading egwugwu of Umuofia

Reverend Smith

Replaces Mr. Brown, strict and uncompromising, stereotypical white colonialist

Aneto

Kills Oduche and fled but was caught by white men and hung in Umuru

Umuru

Headquarters of white men on the bank of the Niger, "The Great River"

District Commissioner

Stereotypical white, calls 6 Umuofian men to Umuru for a meeting, instead he puts them in handcuffs and locks them up, talks to Obierika about Okonkwo's death, decides to write a book called The ger which dehumanizes Africans to a paragraph in a book

Joseph Conrad

Author of Heart of Darkness which inspires Chinua Achebe to write Thing's Fall Apart

Okolo

First ancester of Okonkwo and Uchendu's family

Royal Python

"Our Father"

ogwu

medicine

Okeke

Reverend Smith's interpreter

Amikwu

Uchendu's youngest son, get's married, sees Nwoye with Christians

ozo

one of titles Okonkwo wants for Nwoye

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

Akunna

Great man of Umuofia who gives his son to be taught in Mr. Brown's school, discusses Umuofian religion with Mr. Brown

Ogbuefi Ugonna

Respected man of Umuofia with two titles who joins Church

ikenga

pieces of wood, Umuofian idols

Okudo

Famous man in the war against Isike, not a fighter but a motivator who turned his men into "lions"

Okika

Great man and orator of Umuofia who talks first at the meeting about the white men

Onyeka

Introduces Okika and rallies the Umuofians

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