Things Fall Apart Characters and Key Terms Flashcards

Terms Definitions
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
iba
fever
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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