Things Fall Apart Character List

Okonkwo protagonist, hard working, high standing clansman. His tragic flaw is a fear of appearing weak as a result of his being perpetually ashamed of his father, Unoka, as a child.
Nwoye Okonkwo’s eldest son whom Okonkwo thinks is lazy and unambitious; takes after his grandfather, although he does become more masculine after taking after Ikemefuna, his father would ultimately remain ashamed of him and beats him regularly in an effort to correct his faults, his father would disown him after his conversion to Christianity.
Ezinma Ekwefi’s only child to survive past infancy, who sits like a boy despite being a girl. Has an atypical relationship with her mother whom she calls her by her first name, and is her father’s favorite child, as she understands him best, and he often wishes she were a boy
Unoka Okonkwo’s father of whom he is deeply ashamed and strives to separate himself from him. He never displays any emotions, and unlike his father strives not to be at all lazy, or artistic.
Obierka Okonkwo’s close friend who often looks out for him; he sells Okonkwo’s yams while he’s in exile, and consoles him often. But he would go on to question the traditional clan values in much the same way as Nwoye.
Ekwefi Okonkwo’s 2nd wife, was once a village beauty, but left her former husband for Okonkwo; he likely put up little objection because she was unable to give birth to a viable child. Her only surviving child is Ezinma and is constantly afraid of losing her- she is also good friends with Chielo -Priestess to the god Agballa
Enoch fanatical Christian convert, rips the mask off an Egwugwu during a holy ceremony- although Mr. Brown tried to keep his enthusiasm in check, Rev. Smith encouraged his behavior.
Ogbuefi Ezeudu Oldest and one of the highest ranked men in the clan, delivers messages from the oracle.
Ikemefuna a boy given to Okonkwo by a neighboring village in restitution for an Umuofian girl killed at that village’s market, he lives in Okonkwo’s 1st wife’s hut and quickly becomes popular among Okonkwo’s children, especially his son Nwoye who comes to look up to the boy. Even Okonkwo becomes fond of the boy, although he would never make his feelings known.
Mr. Brown the 1st white missionary to come to Umuofia, institutes a policy of compromise and non-aggression, even speaking with many Umuofian clan leaders.
Rev. James Smith 2nd white missionary to come to Umuofia, highly evangelical and colonialist, goes on to incite serious violent transgressions between his converts and the villagers.
Uchendu Okonkwo’s younger brother who welcomes him back into his motherland after being exiled from Umuofia for manslaughter (feminine murder)
District Commissioner Racist, white, colonialist, nameless English authority figure who has no understanding of the native villagers, but assumes they are simple savages. Has no respect African culture and plans to write a book entitled Pacification of the Primitive Tribes of the Lower Niger, very dehumanizing.
Chielo Umuofian priestess dedicated to the oracle of the Goddess Agballa, she is a widow with 2 children and a good friend of Ekwefi- she would at one point carry Ezinma on her back for an entire night in order to cleanse her of any evil spirits.
Akunna a prominent Umuofian clan leader, who speak with Mr. Brown about the clan’s religion,and develops striking parallels between the ways of the clan and religion and Christianity.
Mr. Kiaga Native turned missionary who converts many clansmen to christianity.
Okagbue Uyanwa Famous medicine man who helps Okonkwo with Ezinma.
Maduka Obierka’s son who is a remarkably good wrestler, Okonkwo wishes he had a son like him.
Obiagel daughter of Okonkwo’s 1st wife
Ojiugo Okonkwo’s 3rd and youngest wife whom he beats during the week of peace,and is forced to pay 100 cowries and sacrifice a goat.

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