The village people of Umuofia are awaiting for the public trial to commence. The court hearing is lead by the men of the village.The women stand off to the side or edges of the gathering. The men with titles are sitting on stools towards the middle of the gathering
On one side there is Uzowulu's wife with her three brothers. On the other side Uzowulu stands with his family. Both groups wait for the trial to begin
Then a drum beats. The crowd looks at the Egwugwu House. The Egwugwu House is home to the Umuofia Gods. Each of the Egwugwu Gods represent one of the nine villages of Umuofia. Only the Umuofia Gods can enter this house.