Okonkwo is a 30 year old man that lives in a village. Where he lives, they contain nine villages. Okonkwo has a 12 year old son. Okonkwo is very known in the nine villages and beyond for his title of being the best wrestler.
Ogbuefi Ezeugo, announces that someone from the village of Mbaino murdered the wife of an Umuofia tribesman while she was in their market. Everyone is angry. The two villages go to war and Okonkwo is chosen to represent his village.
Okonkwo's father did not have a title. Having a title was very important, it gave you rights and respect. Okonkwo had to make a future for himself because his father couldn't do much. Okonkwo met a wealthy man that gave him 400 yam seeds to start a farm, he gained wealth from this.
Okonkwo realizes his youngest wife left the hut to get her braided before cooking dinner. When she arrives back at the hut he beats her for negligence. The priest makes Okonkwo sacrifice a nanny goat and a hen for breaking the Peace of Ani.