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The third chapter of ‘Things Fall Apart’ describes Okonkwo struggle to gain social and financial success. Most men in his village inherited barns, titles, and even wives from their father but Okonkwo, on the other hand, didn’t have this privilege as his father, Unoka, had no money or titles at the time of his death. Unoka knew nothing about the hard work and effort that is needed to be done to have a successful harvest. This is shown when he went to the priestess Agbala to find out why his previous harvests have failed even though he has performed all the rituals required for a rich harvest. The priestess told him that although he performed all the necessary sacrifices to his ancestors and gods, he didn’t put in the required effort needed for a fruitful harvest. He was also thought to be very unlucky as he died of a disease that swelled his body. This was seen as an abomination to the earth and the villagers refused to bury him or give him a proper funeral.Okonkwo, fearing the same fate as his father, confided in a very successful man named Nwakibie In a formal meeting which involves Okonkwo bringing a caffeinated kola nut, he formally asks Nwakibie to loan him yam seeds. After prayer and a ceremony involving the eating of the kola and drinking of the wine (first by the men and later by their wives in order of marriage), the men make conversation and reveal quite a bit about the customs and interests of the village. They talk about a palm-wine tapper who climbs trees to gather palm oil and sap for wine and give the dregs from the wine to a young man who has just been married because they believe that the dregs will improve his sex life.Finally, after all the wine is gone, Okonkwo asks Nwakibie for a loan of yam seeds for his first planting, emphasizing that he is a diligent worker and that he has reached a level of notoriety all on his own because he did not have support from his father. Nwakibie identifies Okonkwo as hard working and not only agrees to a loan but doubles the number of yam seeds. Okonkwo, who is supporting his mother, must work hard to build up wealth through yam seed loans since he has no seeds of his own.

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