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Things Fall Apart | Characters

Character Description
Okonkwo Okonkwo is a wealthy, respected leader in Umuofia who is unable to adapt and who kills himself rather than live in a changed society. Read More
Unoka Unoka is Okonkwo's father. Read More
Ikemefuna Ikemefuna is a boy from another clan who comes to live with Okonkwo in Umuofia. Read More
Nwoye Nwoye is Okonkwo's son. Read More
Ekwefi Ekwefi is the second wife of Okonkwo. Read More
Ezinma Ezinma is Okonkwo's daughter. Read More
Obierika Obierika is Okonkwo's friend. Read More
Agbala Agbala is an Igbo god known as the Oracle of the Hills and Caves; he influences all aspects of life in the clan.
Akunna Akunna is a clan leader who has conversations about religion with Mr. Brown.
Amalinze the Cat Amalinze is a famous wrestler whom Okonkwo defeated, bringing Okonkwo great respect.
Amikwu Amikwu is Okonokwo's cousin; he informs Okonkwo that Nwoye is among the Christians.
Anasi Anasi is Nwakibie's first wife.
Aneto Aneto is an Igbo man hanged for committing murder.
Ani Ani is the earth goddess in the Igbo religion. The people worship Ani to ensure their crops will grow.
Chielo Chielo is the priestess of Agbala who is a normal woman when not possessed by the spirit of Agbala.
District Commissioner The British District Commissioner rules the area and has no respect for the clan and their traditions.
Enoch Enoch is a passionate convert and causes trouble with his former clansmen.
Ezeani Ezeani is the priest of Ani, the earth goddess. He chastises Okonkwo for beating his wife, Ojiugo, during the Week of Peace.
Ezeudu Ezeudu warns Okonkwo not to play a role in killing Ikemefuna. Okonkwo accidentally kills Ezeudu's son.
Ezeugo Ezeugo is an Igbo leader and powerful orator.
First Wife First Wife is Nwoye's mother.
Kotma A kotma is a court messenger who works for the office of the District Commissioner.
Maduka Maduka is Obierika's son who wins a wrestling match.
Mr. Brown Mr. Brown is the first white missionary to arrive in Umuofia.
Mr. Kiaga Mr. Kiaga is a native who becomes a Christian missionary and converts people, including Nwoye.
Mr. Smith Mr. Smith replaces Mr. Brown and is a passionate zealot.
Nneka Nneka is a woman who joins the Christian church.
Nwakibie Nwakibie is a successful Umuofian who lends Okonkwo yam seeds that enable him to get his start in life.
Obiageli Obiageli is Okonkwo's daughter, and she is ready to marry upon returning to Umuofia.
Ofoedu Ofoedu tells Okonkwo and Obierika about the death of Ndulue.
Ojiugo Ojiugo is Okonkwo's third wife; he beats her during the Week of Peace.
Okagbue Okagbue is a medicine man whom Okonkwo calls on to help Ezinma.
Okika Okika is an Igbo leader and one of the men imprisoned with Okonkwo.
Okoli Okoli is the Igbo Christian who kills the royal python.
Okoye Okoye is Unoka's neighbor who attempts to collect a debt.
Uchendu Uchendu is the leader of Okonkwo's mother's side of the family.
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