No Longer at Ease | Study Guide

Chinua Achebe

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No Longer at Ease | Characters

Character Description
Obi Obi Okonkwo is an idealistic young man from the village of Umuofia who works for the Scholarship Board in Lagos, Nigeria. Read More
Clara Clara Okeke, Obi's fiancée, is an Ibo, and she belongs to a sacred yet outcast Ibo group, the osu. Read More
Hannah Okonkwo Like her husband, Hannah Okonkwo is a Christian, but she retains strong feelings for Ibo traditions. She is Obi's mother. Read More
Isaac Okonkwo Isaac Okonkwo, Obi's father, was a catechist (teacher) for the church for 30 years and is now retired on an insufficient pension. Read More
Mr. Adeyemi Mr. Adeyemi is Obi's lawyer, who angers the judge by showing up late to the trial.
Agnes Agnes Okonkwo is one of Obi's siblings.
Bisi Bisi is a girlfriend of Obi's friend Christopher.
Chairman of the commission The chairman of the commission discusses modern novels with Obi.
Charity Charity Okonkwo is one of Obi's older sisters. Her Ibo name means "a girl is also good."
Christopher Christopher, a Nigerian, loves women and partying, but he also holds to Ibo traditions.
Esther Esther Okonkwo is one of Obi's older siblings; she is a teacher.
Eunice Eunice Okonkwo is Obi's youngest sister.
Florence Florence is one of Christopher's girlfriends.
Mr. Green Mr. William Green is a civil servant from England with harsh views on Nigeria.
Charles Ibe Charles Ibe is a messenger at Obi's office. He borrows 30 shillings from Obi and doesn't pay it back.
Reverend Sam Ikedi Sam Ikedi is a pastor at St. Mark's Anglican Church, and he makes a grand speech when Obi leaves for England.
Ikemefuna Ikemefuna is Isaac Okonkwo's foster brother. He was killed by his foster father (and Isaac's father), Ogbuefi Okonkwo.
Janet Janet Okonkwo is one of Obi's siblings.
John John Okonkwo, a younger brother of Obi's, has his school fees paid by Obi.
Passenger Jones Mr. Jones, who works for the United Africa Company, is a passenger on the boat to Nigeria.
Inspector Jones Mr. Jones, a white man, is the inspector of schools when Obi is a young schoolboy.
Joseph Joseph Okeke, a school friend of Obi's from Umuofia, is a clerk in the Survey Department.
Judge The judge presides at Obi's bribery trial.
Macmillan Macmillan is a young Englishman who befriends Obi on the boat to Nigeria.
Elsie Mark Elsie Mark indirectly offers Obi sexual favors to help her get a scholarship, but Obi turns her down.
Mr. Mark Mr. Mark offers Obi a bribe to get his sister, Elsie Mark, a scholarship, but Obi turns him down.
Mary Mary is "the most zealous Christian in Umuofia," the village Obi is from.
Nathaniel Nathaniel attends the gathering in Obi's house to mark the death of Obi's mother, Hannah Okonkwo.
Simeon Nduka Simeon Nduka is the headmaster of Obi's school.
Nora Nora is a Catholic schoolteacher.
Ogbuefi Odogwu Ogbuefi Odogwu is a villager of Umuofia.
Matthew Ogbonna Matthew Ogbonna is a carpenter in the village of Umuofia.
Josiah Okeke Josiah Okeke, a poor schoolteacher, is Clara's father.
Ogbuefi Okonkwo Ogbuefi Okonkwo is Obi's paternal grandfather and the main character of the first novel in the trilogy, Things Fall Apart (1958).
Sam Okoli The Honorable Sam Okoli is a stylish, high-ranking government official in Lagos.
Old man At the celebration in Umuofia, the old man argues with Isaac Okonkwo about religion.
Mr. Omo Mr. Omo is an administrative assistant to Mr. Green.
Pat Pat is a Catholic schoolteacher.
Miss Tomlinson Miss Marie Tomlinson is Mr. Green's secretary; she strikes up a superficial friendship with Obi.
Joshua Udo Joshua Udo is a young man who gets fired for sleeping on the job.
Stephen Udom Stephen Udom, a Nigerian civil servant, is a passenger on the boat to Nigeria.
Mrs. Wright Mrs. Write is an older African woman on the boat to Nigeria.
Vice president The vice president of the Umuofia Progressive Union believes that corruption in Nigeria is on its way out.
Zacchaeus Zacchaeus is Obi's cook.
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