Nigeria Is A Country In The Western Part Of Africa. It

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Nigeria is a country in the Western part of Africa. It is one of the earliest countries to be exposed to European influence. There are three major tribes, Igbos, Yorubas and Hausas. Social status in the world in very important, It is portrayed in different forms. However, it is crucially used in Africa, the Igbos exhibit their social status with titles. In Chinua Achebe’s novel “Things fall apart”, he beautifully describes the tragic fall of the Umuofia people of the Igbo tribe in the southern part of Nigeria along the Niger. He talks about his protagonist Okonkwo, a man of strength and weakness, of caliber and pain and of perseverance and shame as he sees his world crumble before his eyes. This paper aims to explain how social status is…show more content…
He neither inherited a barn nor a title, not even a young wife…. Any wonder then that his son was ashamed of him? Fortunately, among these people a man was judges according to the worth of his father.” (pg. 8-18) Okonkwo fortunately did not inherit his father’s debts or no title status as many of the men in the village who had become wealthy acquired riches from their fathers. He even had to fend for himself, his mother, sister and father. He was given the opportunity to name a name for himself when he realized he could be hardworking by farming. It was how he got and used the opportunity that mattered to him. Okonkwo understanding the pattern of success, and trying to emulate it went to Nwakibie. Nwakibie is a man described of enormous wealth, Achebe states, “There was a wealthy man in Okonkwo’s village who had three huge barns, nine wives and thirty children. His name was Nwakibie and he had taken the highest but one title which a man could take in the clan.” (pg. 18 – 19) Okonkwo had a model to emulate that was different from his father. The background story of Okonkwo and Nwakibie shapes the story of how Okonkwo gets his opportunity. Okonkwo had gone to him to ask for yam seeds so he could become a sharecropper with Nwakibie yam seeds. Nwakibie already have a notion that the young men of their generation are lazy and won’t work hard. However, he sees something different in Okonkwo as he states, “I have learned
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