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OBALENDE

, the district of Lagos in which Joseph Okeke, Obi Okonkwo's friend, lives in a one-room apartment in No Longer atEase (see chapters 2 and 7).

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OBETE, EMMANUEL

, the president of the Students Union at the University of Bassa in Anthills of the Savannah. He becomes acquainted with Ikem Osodi when the latter gives a talk at the university. Later, he joins Chris Oriko and the taxi driver, Braimoh, in their attempted flight from Bassa to Abazon. He also attempts to aid the flight by planting a story in the National Gazette that Oriko has escaped to London. After Oriko's death, he remains a member of the circle of survivors and friends who habitually hang out in the flat of Beatrice Okoh.

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OBIAGELI

, sister of Nwoyein Things FallApart and thus the daughter of Okonkwo and Nwoye's mother. She figures prominently in chapter 5, where she breaks her water pot on the day of the New Yam Festival, after which she initially laughs, then later cries.

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OBIAGELI

, the youngest daughter of Ezeulu and the daughter of Ugoye. She is a consummate singer of songs, the cheery optimist of Arrow of God. She sings several songs throughout the novel, including one in chapter 6 about Nwaka Dimkpolo, a lullaby in chapter 12, and another song in chapter 16.

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OBIAKO

. In Things Fall Apart a skilled palm-wine tapper who decides to give up his trade, reportedly because the Oracle warned him that he would fall off a palm-tree and be killed as punishment for his refusal to sacrifice a goat to his dead father, a man apparently of little accomplishment, much like Unoka, the father of Okonkwo.

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OBIAKO

, master carver of Umuaroin Arrow of God.

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OBIELUE

, son of Akuebuein Arrow ofGodwho sings a song in chapter 18 to taunt the troubled Nwafo. See also Nwanyieke, a widow of Umuachala.

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Table of contents

  • Title Page iii
  • Contents v
  • Foreword: Chinua Achebe and the Institution of African Literature vii
  • Preface xvii
  • Chronology xix
  • A 1
  • B 39
  • C 51
  • D 73
  • E 76
  • F 83
  • G 91
  • H 96
  • I 109
  • J 122
  • K 126
  • L 130
  • M 136
  • N 161
  • O 191
  • P 218
  • R 229
  • S 233
  • T 246
  • U 270
  • V 280
  • W 281
  • Y 286
  • Z 288
  • Bibliography 289
  • Index 303
  • About the Contributors 315
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