Ekwefi’s first nine children died in infancy, so Ezinma is the center of her mother’s world.
She and her mother have a relationship that is more like that between equals than that between parent and child.
He develops an especially close relationship with Nwoye, Okonkwo’s oldest son.
Okonkwo becomes very fond of Ikemefuna as well, but he does not demonstrate his affection because he thinks it makes him look weak.
He also does not understand why twins must be thrown away to die.
He converts to Christianity when the missionaries come to Mbanta while his father remains in exile.She and Ezinma are close in age, but Ezinma has a great deal of influence over her. When Okonkwo goes into exile in his mother’s natal village, Obierika sells the largest of Okonkwo’s yams.He sells some seed-yams, and gives others to sharecroppers.They develop an even closer bond when Okonkwo must spend seven years in exile in his mother’s native village.Okonkwo rarely demonstrates his affection, however, because he thinks it makes him look weak.Okonkwo also wishes Ezinma were a boy because she would have been the perfect son.Ikemefuna – Ikemefuna’s father murders a woman from Umuofia.He rips the mask off an egwugwu during an annual ceremony to honor the earth deity.Enoch’s action is equivalent to killing an ancestral spirit, so the egwugwu burn his compound and the Christian church to cleanse the village of Enoch’s terrible sin against the indigenous faith.Ikemefuna is the perfect clansman, and he calls Okonkwo “father.” After three years, the elders consult the Oracle about Ikemefuna’s fate. The elders tell Okonkwo not to take a hand in Ikemefuna’s death because he calls Okonkwo “father.” They tell Ikemefuna that he is going back to his natal village, and a group of men goes with him. Okonkwo wishes he had promising, manly sons like Maduka. Okonkwo decides that Nwoye is weak and lazy from an early age.When they begin to attack him, Ikemefuna runs to Okonkwo for help. Nwoye converts to Christianity a few years later because he never comes to terms with Ikemefuna’s death, decreed by indigenous gods. He continually beats the boy, hoping to correct the faults he perceives.