Audio Glossary


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Audio recording courtesy of Ibe Ibeike-Jonah


Agbala (Ahg-bah-lah)

The Oracle of the Hills and Caves.


Chielo (Chee-eh-loh)

The priestess of Agbala.


Chinua Achebe (Chee-noo-ah Ah-chay-bay)

Chinua, short for Chinualumogo, can be translated as "My spirit come fight for me.''


Ekwefi (Eh-kweh-fee)

Okonkwo's second wife.


Ezinma (Eh-zeen-mah)

Daughter of Ekwefi and Okonkwo.


Ikemefuna (Ee-keh-meh-foo-nah)

A boy from another village who comes to live with Okonkwo’s family.


Mr. Kiaga (Kee-ah-gah)

The interpreter for the missionaries.


Nwoye (Nuh-woh-yeh)

Okonkwo's oldest son.


Obierika (Oh-bee-air-ee-kah)

Okonkwo's best friend.


Ojiubo (Oh-jee-ooh-boh)

Okonkwo's third wife.


Okonkwo (Oh-kawn-kwoh)

The central character of Things Fall Apart.


Umuofia (Oo-moo-oh-fee-ah)

Ibo community that is the setting for the book. The name means both "children of the forest" and "a land undisturbed by European influences."


Unoka (Ooh-no-kah)

Okonkwo's father.



From: Chua, John. Cliffs Notes on Achebe’s Things Fall Apart . Lincoln, NE: Cliffs Notes, 1996. Electronic reproduction. Boulder, CO: NetLibrary, 2000.


Things Fall Apart

"There is no story that is not true . . . The world has no end, and what is good among one people is an abomination with others." (p. 141)

Broken mask

2005 New Student Reading Project Cornell University