In Okonkwo's childhood he had to deal with many things. He tried to outdo his father by showing the villagers that he could bring honor to his family. He did this by wrestling Amalinze the Cat and beating him. This man had been unbeaten and Okonkwo had been the one to defeat him and end his victory. By doing this he brought honor to the village. His father had no titles to his name and was greatly in debt, he couldn’t give him anything to start his life so he had to work for it.
Before he got married he had to get enough yam seed to get his farm started. He did this by borrowing seeds from wealthy neighbors, but unfortunately the weather had gone bad and he could not make very much profit off of it. By the time he married his third wife he had become very wealthy and had many yams and a nice obi.
Later when news traveled that the daughter of Umuofia was killed. A young boy named Ikemefuna had come to the village of Umuofia to live with Okonkwo and his family. The young boy did not know that his father had taken a part in the killing of that woman and so he was taken away from his mother and father and instead a young girl was taken to his family. Later when the Oracle had decided he was to kill Ikemefuna and he took part of it.
He then fell into a great depression and would not eat of sleep for days. When his daughter Enzinma came to his hut she made him eat and would not leave until he did so. He always thought that she would make a great man and had often said that she should be, because she was so strong willed. When Ezeudu died they had held a funeral for him in which the whole clan came out to pay their respects. There was loud drums beating and men screaming and jumping around and there was even gunfire. During all the commotion he had shot a bullet which had ricocheted off a piece of metal and killed Ezeudu’s sixteen year old son. Since this action had been inadvertent he was sentenced to seven years of exile in his motherland in Mbanta.