Okonkwo was welcomed by Uchendu, his maternal uncle.
The kinsman of Okonkwo's mother donate some land and a modest quantity of seed yams.
Okonkwo works hard, but it no longer gives him pleasure.
He works without joy and Uchendu notices that Okonkwo has given himself over to despair.
Uchendu's youngest son is taking a new wife, and the family performs a ceremony marking her arrival. All of the daughters of the family return for this day, and remain for a few days afterward.
He addresses Okonkwo, telling him that he must not give in to despair. Although their society is patriarchal, Uchendu points out that when a child is beaten by its father, it returns to its mother for comfort.
In the same way, Okonkwo, exiled by his fatherland, has taken refuge in his motherland. Uchendu sternly reprimands him, telling him that many men have suffered more than he and he must take heart and resolve to keep on living, or his children and wives will die in exile.