Women in different roles play most vital functions in society. Though they are seen as weakness, it is ironic that they are the refuge for everyone. Ekwefi’s and Ezinma’s mother to child relationship confirms this. When Okonkwo forbids Ekwefi to leave her hut after Ezinma is carried off by the chief priestess, Ekwefi ignores her husband and risks a beating to follow Chielo and her daughter throughout the night, until she is certain that her daughter will return home safely. But instead of attempting to restrain her, Okonkwo joins the journey, following from a safe distance, also to guarantee the protection of his child. Here, one can both see the strength of a mother and how Okonkwo, instead of giving her a beating, respects her decisions in following Chielo. It is said that the commonest name given to children is Nneka, “Mother is Supreme”. Uchendu explains to Okonkwo how “when a... [continues]
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