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Chapter abstracts are short descriptions of events that occur in each chapter. They highlight major plot events and detail the important relationships and characteristics of characters and objects..
Chapter 1 Abstract

* Okonkwo, is a well-known member of the Ibo tribe, noted for beating "Amalinze the Cat" in a wrestling match.
* Okonkwo is a wealthy farmer, and a warrior with three wives
* Okonkwo despises his father, Unoka, who is a failure.
* Unoka never pays his debts, and laughs when his friend, Okoye, asks to be repaid.



Chapter 2 Abstract

* The town crier announces a meeting in the marketplace. Okonkwo wonders what the meeting is about.
* Okonkwo remembers the time he brought home a human head from war and drank palm-wine from it.
* Ten thousand men gather at the marketplace. The orator, Ogbuefi Ezeugo, tells of an Umuofian woman who was murdered in Mbaino.
* The ultimatum they offer Mbaino is a young man and a virgin instead of war.
* Okonkwo is the emissary to Mbaino and returns with the boy and virgin.
* The boy is looked after by Okonkwo.



Chapter 3 Abstract

* Okonkwo inherits nothing from his father. He must get yam seeds in another way.
* Okonkwo goes to Nwakibie, a wealthy man of the village, offers him palm-wine, kola nuts, and a cock and asks for yam seeds.
* Nwakibie gives him eight hundred yam seeds.
* Share-cropping is a difficult way to get ahead. Okonkwo receives only one-third of the harvest and has to support his family.
* The year Okonkwo plants the yam seeds has the worst weather in history. He loses his crop. This makes his resolve to get ahead even stronger.



Chapter 4 Abstract

* Ikemefuna, the boy given to Okonkwo by the Mbaino, misses his family. He becomes very ill for three weeks, refusing to eat.
* Okonkwo forces the boy to eat, standing over him with a stick.
* Ikemefuna finally accepts his part as a member of Okonkwo's family.
* During the Week of Peace, honoring the earth goddess, Ani, Okonkwo beats his wife. This is an insult to the goddess.
* Okonkwo's punishment is to give the priest, Ezeani, a goat, hen, length of cloth and one hundred cowries.
* Ikemefuna helps Okonkwo and Nwoye prepare yam seeds for planting. They all become very close.



Chapter 5 Abstract

* The Feast of the New Yam is held every year before the harvest.
* A great feast is held in the village because the old yams must be disposed of before the new ones can be eaten.
* Okonkwo beats his second wife, thinking she killed a banana tree, when she only wrapped food for the festival in the leaves. He tries to shoot her.
* Ikwefi is excited about the wrestling match on the second day of the festival. Years ago, Okonkwo won her heart by wrestling the Cat and throwing him.
* The drums begin playing at noon and continue until the wrestling match begins at sunset.
* Obiageli breaks her waterpot while fooling around. She tells her mother it was an accident and Ikemefuna tells her brothers to hold their tongues.
* Okonkwo is very fond of his daughter, Ezinma, although he chastises her openly about sitting like a girl.



Chapter 6 Abstract

* The whole village gathers in the ilo, playground, for the wrestling matches.
* The first three matches are for boys fifteen and sixteen years old.
* Maduka wins an exciting match with moves nobody has seen before.
* Ekewefi sits with Chielo, the priestess of Agbala, during the match. They talk about Ezinma. Chielo says that she will probably live because she is older than six years.
* Two teams of twelve men face each other in the final match. Okafo wins the match and is carried off on the people's shoulders, a hero.



Chapter 7 Abstract

* Ikemefuna lives with Okonkwo for three years. He and Nwoye are like brothers. He helps Nwoye act more like a man, and Okonkwo is pleased.
* Okonkwo tells them masculine stories about violence and bloodshed, but Nwoye prefers his mother's stories of Earth and Sky.
* Locusts descend on Umuofia. The people gather them in baskets at night when their wings are heavy with dew. They are roasted.
* Ezeudu tells Okonkwo that Umuofia has decided to kill Ikemefuna, but Okonkwo should not take part in the killing. The boy calls him father.
* Okonkwo tells Ikemefuna he is going home. Okonkwo and the elders take Ikemefuna into the forest.
* The men strike Ikemefuna with machetes. He turns to Okonkwo for help, but Okonkwo kills him with his machete.
* Nwoye realizes Ikemefuna is dead and something snaps inside of him.



Chapter 8 Abstract

* Okonkwo does not eat or sleep for two day after Ikemefuna's death.
* On the third day, he asks Ekwefi to make him a meal. He eats with Ezinma, wishing she were a boy.
* Okonkwo goes to visit his friend, Obierika. Obierika tells him that his daughter's suitor will arrive later in the day with a bride-price.
* A strange event happens in Ire village. Ogbuefi Ndulue died and his wife died right after visiting his body.
* Okonkwo goes to Obierika's for the debate on the bride-price. His daughter's bride price is fixed at twenty bags of cowries.



Chapter 9 Abstract

* Okonkwo is awakened in the night by Ekwefi. She brings news that Ezinma is dying.
* Okonkwo goes into the bush to collect leaves, grass, and bark for medicine.
* Ekwefi has given birth to ten children, nine having died in infancy. A medicine man told her it was an ogbanjie, a wicked child that keeps being reborn to torment the mother.
* The medicine man, Okagbue, mutilated Ekwefi's dead child and buried it in the Evil Forest in hopes that it wouldn't return.
* Ezinma was the only ogbanje child who lived. The medicine man forced Ezinma to show him where she buried her ivi-uwa, so he could dig it up and destroy it.
* Since the ivi-uwa was destroyed, Ezinma had not been ill.
* Ekwefi prepares a steaming pot with the medicinal plants that Okonkwo brings back, and sits Ezinma over it.



Chapter 10 Abstract

* A trial takes place in the village. The nine egwugwu preside over the trial.
* Mgbafo and her three brothers are in one group and her husband Uzowulu and his relatives are in the other.
* Uzolwulu contests that his in-laws beat him and took his wife. Mgbafo's family contests that Uzolwulu beat her every day for nine years.
* The egwugwu decide that Uzolwulu should bring palm-wine to Mgbafo's family and beg to have her back. Mgbafo's family is told to return his wife to him.
* A great land case begins.



Chapter 11 Abstract

* Chielo, the priestess of Agbala, comes to Okonkwo's compound and takes Ezinma to see Agbala, the Oracle of the Hills and the Caves.
* Ekwefi follows Chielo to Agbala's cave.
* Ekwefi sits and waits outside the cave, vowing to go in if Ezinma cries for help.
* Okonkwo arrives at the cave, and the two of them wait there throughout the night.
* Ekwefi remembers the time they were young and in love.
Chapter 12 Abstract

* The next day, Obierika's daughter celebrates uri, which is the time her suitor brings palm-wine for her family and kinsmen.
* Yam foo-foo and vegetable soup is prepared for the celebration.
* A cow gets loose in the field and the women go to catch it.
* Fifty pots of wine are brought to the uri by the suitor's family. The celebration goes on into the night.
* Akueke goes with her suitor's family for seven weeks.



Chapter 13 Abstract

* The ekwe and booming cannon announce the death of Ezeudu to all nine villages. The whole clan attends the funeral. It is a warrior's funeral.
* Ezeudu held three titles and is to be buried in a sacred ceremony after dark. During the ceremony, Okonkwo's gun explodes, killing Ezeudu's youngest son.
* Okonkwo is exiled for seven years.
* Okonkwo and his family go to Mbanta, his mother's homeland.



Chapter 14 Abstract

* Okonkwo is met by Uchendu, the eldest member of his mother's family. He gives Okonkwo yam seeds and land on which to build a compound.
* Uchendu's five sons give Okonkwo yam seeds also.
* Okonkwo is in despair over his bad fortune.
* Uchendu lectures Okonkwo about not feeling sorry for himself. Everyone has bad fortune. He is to comfort his family and return to his homeland in seven years.



Chapter 15 Abstract

* Obierika visits Okonkwo after two years. He brings bags of cowries with him from yams grown on Okonkwo's land.
* Obierika brings news that the clan Abame was wiped out by the white man.
* The people of Abame killed a white man and more white men came, killing all the men, women and children.



Chapter 16 Abstract

* In two more years, Obierika visits Okonkwo again.
* He brings news that missionaries arrived in Umuofia, built a church and are getting converts.
* Obierika sees Nwoye with the converts.
* Five missionaries come to Mbanta. They begin teaching about God, the Creator.
* The missionaries denounce all the gods of Mbanta. Most people believe the missionaries are mad.


Chapter 17 Abstract

* The missionaries ask the rulers of Mbanta for land on which to build a church.
* The rulers give the missionaries land in the Evil Forest, expecting them to die in four days.
* When the missionaries do not die, they start to get converts.
* Okonkwo is furious that Nwoye associates with the Christians.
* Nwoye tells Mr. Kiaga he is going to the missionary school in Umuofia.
* Okonkwo is disgusted with Nwoye and fears all his sons will be lost to the new religion.



Chapter 18 Abstract

* Three converts come to town, proclaiming all the clan's gods are dead and threaten to burn the shrines.
* The men are beaten.
* Osu, outcasts, go to the Christian church. The converts protest that the osu should be driven away.
* Mr. Kiaga tells the converts that all men are accepted by God and the osu can stay. Many converts leave the church.
* One of the converted osu, kills the sacred royal python. The elders ostracize the Christians because of this crime.
* Okoli, the man that killed the sacred python, dies from illness. The villagers believe the gods can fight their own battles.



Chapter 19 Abstract

* Okonkwo is in his seventh year of exile. He sends money to Obierika, so he can build a hut on Okonkwo's old compound.
* Okonkwo holds a feast, thanking the people of Mbanta for taking him in.
* One of the oldest descendants of Okolo gives a toast thanking Okonkwo. He says that it is good for kinsmen to get together.
* He fears the new religion and the younger generation.



Chapter 20 Abstract

* While away, Okonkwo lost his place in the egwugwu.
* Okonkwo has plans for his sons to join the ozo society.
* Many things changed in Umuofia. There is a church, white man's government, and a court with a District Commissioner.
* Court messengers are hated by the villagers. They guard the prisons.
* The people do not fight back because many of them have joined the church.



Chapter 21 Abstract

* The white man brings a trading store which makes money for the people of Umuofia.
* Mr. Brown, a missionary, makes friends with the clan. He is just and seen as dignified.
* After attending school, villagers can become court messengers and clerks.
* Nwoye takes the name Isaac.



Chapter 22 Abstract

* Reverend Smith replaces Mr. Brown. He is much harsher than Mr. Brown.
* Enoch unmasks one of the egwugwu. This is a great crime.
* All the egwugwu from Umuofia meet in the marketplace. They burn Enoch's compound.
* They also destroy the church but do not harm Reverend Smith.



Chapter 23 Abstract

* Okonkwo is happy and has more hope since they burned the church.
* The District Commissioner wants a meeting with the six leaders of Umuofia. Okonkwo is one of them.
* The leaders go peacefully, but are taken prisoner. They are abused, and are given nothing to eat or drink for two days.
* The fine is two hundred bags of cowries to have them released.
* The court messengers tell the villagers that the fine is two hundred fifty bags of cowries.
* The villagers pay the fine. The court messengers keep fifty bags for themselves.



Chapter 24 Abstract

* The men are set free and return to the village.
* The town crier announces a meeting in the marketplace the next day.
* Okonkwo swears vengeance against the white man.
* Court messengers arrive at the meeting. They tell the villagers to stop.
* Okonkwo confronts them, beheading the lead messenger.



Chapter 25 Abstract

* The District Commissioner goes to Okonkwo's compound and finds a group of men sitting out front.
* Obierika asks the Commissioner's help and takes him behind Okonkwo's compound.
* The District Commissioner sees Okonkwo hanging from a tree.
* Obierika and the men with him cannot touch Okonkwo's body because he killed himself. It is against tradition.
* Obierika asks the Commissioner to take Okonkwo down, telling him it is his fault one of the greatest men in Umuofia has to be buried like a dog.
* The District Commissioner thinks he will add a paragraph about Okonkwo in his book, The Pacification of the Primitive Tribes of the Lower Niger.



Chapter 26 Abstract

* The white man has brought a trading store which makes money for the people of Umuofia.


* Mr. Brown, a missionary, makes friends with the clan. He is just and seen as dignified.
* Mr. Brown learns about the clan from Akunna.
* Mr. Brown builds a hospital and schools.
* After attending school, villagers can become court messengers and clerks.
* Nwoye takes the name Isaac.


* Reverend Smith replaces Mr. Brown. He is very different from Mr. Brown.
* Enoch unmasks one of the egwugwu. This is a great crime.
* All the egwugwu from Umuofia meet in the marketplace. They burn Enoch's compound.
* They also destroy the church but do not harm Reverend Smith.



Chapter 27

* Okonkwo is happy and has more hope since they burned the church.
* The District Commissioner wants a meeting with the six leaders of Umuofia. Okonkwo is one of them.
* The leaders go peacefully, but are taken prisoner. They are abused, and are given nothing to eat or drink for two days.
* The fine is two hundred bags of cowries to have them released.
* The court messengers tell the villagers that the fine is two hundred fifty bags of cowries.
* The villagers pay the fine. The court messengers keep fifty bags for themselves



* The men are set free and return to the village.
* The town crier announces a meeting in the marketplace the next day.
* Okonkwo swears vengeance against the white man.
* Five court messengers arrive at the meeting. They tell the villagers to stop.
* Okonkwo confronts them, beheading the lead messenger.



* The District Commissioner goes to Okonkwo's compound and finds a group of men sitting out front.
* Obierika asks the Commissioner's help and takes him behind Okonkwo's compound.
* The District Commissioner sees Okonkwo hanging from a tree.
* Obierika and the men with him cannot touch Okonkwo's body because he killed himself. It is against tradition.
* Obierika asks the Commissioner to take Okonkwo down, telling him it is his fault one of the greatest men in Umuofia has to be buried like a dog.
* The District Commissioner thinks he will add a paragraph about Okonkwo in his book, The Pacification of the Primitive Tribes of the Lower Niger.


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