Okonkwo is a wealthy man of the Umuofia clan, where people who have wrestling titles are highly respected. In the first chapter,Okonkwo defeated Amazline The Cat, who was undefeated until this match. The win bought great honor to his village.
Ikemefuna was given to Okonkwo's village because his father from a neighboring clan, killed a lady from Okonkwo's village.
Unoka, Okonkwo father died of swelling in his stomach and limbs. An affliction not acceptable to the earth goddess. He therefore cannot be buried properly, making Okonkwo more ashamed of his father.
During the week of peace, Oknonkwo notice that his first wife left the house without making dinner. When she returns, he beats her repeatedly. Since he violated the law of week of peace he is punished for his action.
Okonkwo became angry when he accused his second wife killing the banana tree. He decides to go hunt with a rusty gun. His second wife mumbles about a gun that never shoots, he heard it and caused him to shoot his loaded gun at his wife, he missed.
The Umuofia Oracle decided to kill Ikemefuna in punishment for the crime that occurred long ago. Okonkwo steps forward and delivers the killing blow to his adoptive son.