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One night the town crier rings the ogene or gong and requests that all of the clansmen gather in the market in the morning At the gathering Ogbuefi Ezeugo a noted orator announces that someone from the village of Mbaino murdered the wife of an Umuofia tribesman while she was in their market The crowd expresses anger and indignation and Okonkwo travels to Mbaino to deliver the message that they must hand over to Umuofia a virgin and a young man Should Mbaino refuse to do so the two villages must go to war and Umuofia has a fierce reputation for its skill in war and magic Okonkwo is chosen to represent his clan because he is its fiercest warrior Earlier in the chapter as he remembers his past victories we learn about the five human heads that he has taken in battle On important occasions he drinks palm-wine from the first head that he captured Not surprisingly Mbaino agrees to Umuofias terms The elders give the virgin to Ogbuefi Udo as his wife but are not sure what to do with the fifteen-year-old boy Ikemefuna The elders decide to turn him over to Okonkwo for safekeeping and instruction Okonkwo in turn instructs his first wife to care for Ikemefuna In addition to being a skilled warrior Okonkwo is quite wealthy He supports three wives and eight children and each wife has her own hut Okonkwo also has a barn full of yams a shrine for his ancestors and his own hut called an obi Okonkwo fears weakness a trait that he associates with his father and with women When Okonkwo was a child another boy called Unoka agbala which is used to refer to women as well as to men who have not taken a title Because he dreads weakness Okonkwo is extremely demanding of his family He finds his twelve-year-old son Nwoye to be lazy so he beats and nags the
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