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An influential clan leader in Umuofia. Since early childhood, his embarrassment about his lazy, squandering, and effeminate father, Unoka, has driven him to succeed. His hard work and prowess in war have earned him a position of high status in his clan, and he attains wealth sufficient to support three wives and their children
Okonkwo's oldest son, whom Okonkwo believes is weak and lazy. Later, he changes his name to "Isaac."
The only child of Okonkwo's second wife, Ekwefi. As the only one of Ekwefi's ten children to survive past infancy, Ezinma is the center of her mother's world. Their relationship is atypical—Ezinma calls Ekwefi by her name and is treated by her as an equal. Ezinma is also Okonkwo's favorite child.
A boy given to Okonkwo by a neighboring village. Ikemefuna lives in the hut of Okonkwo's first wife and quickly becomes popular with Okonkwo's children.
The first white missionary to travel to Umuofia. He institutes a policy of compromise, understanding, and non-aggression between his flock and the clan. He even becomes friends with prominent clansmen and builds a school and a hospital in Umuofia
Reverend James Smith
The missionary who replaces Mr. Brown. Unlike Mr. Brown,he is uncompromising and strict. He demands that his converts reject all of their indigenous beliefs, and he shows no respect for indigenous customs or culture. He is the stereotypical white colonialist, and his behavior epitomizes the problems of colonialism.
Okonkwo's father, of whom Okonkwo has been ashamed since childhood.
Okonkwo's close friend,
Okonkwo's second wife, once the village beauty
A fanatical convert to the Christian church in Umuofia
The oldest man in the village and one of the most important clan elders and leaders.
A priestess in Umuofia who is dedicated to the Oracle of the goddess Agbala. She is a widow with two children. She is good friends with Ekwefi and is fond of Ezinma, whom she calls "my daughter."
A clan leader of Umuofia. He and Mr. Brown discuss their religious beliefs peacefully, and Akunna'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.
A wealthy clansmen who takes a chance on Okonkwo by lending him 800 seed yams—twice the number for which Okonkwo asks. He thereby helps Okonkwo build up the beginnings of his personal wealth, status, and independence.
The native-turned-Christian missionary who arrives in Mbanta and converts Nwoye and many others.
Obierika's son. He wins a wrestling contest in his mid-teens. Okonkwo wishes he had promising, manly sons like him.
Okonkwo's third and youngest wife, and the mother of Nkechi.
Okonkwo's fatherland and the setting for much of the novel.
Okonkwo's motherland and home to his uncle.
The cat wrestler