Go back to chapter 8 and recall the reference to the white men as lepers. In the current chapter, Obierika gives an account of how the first white man seen in Abame is received with curiosity, with particular attention of the villagers being his skin color and the bike. At the point when the villagers consult their Oracle, however, it predicts that white men will come and will spell doom for the community. It is after the consultation of the Oracle that the villagers of Abame decide that the best decision is for them to kill the white man, a decision described by Uchendu a highly unfortunate. In spite of the fact that Okonkwo concurs that the men of Abame were wrong for killing the white man, his reaction, "They should have armed themselves with their guns and their machetes even when they went to the market," indicates that Okonkwo is going against the custom of his community which commands that before resorting to violence, all the avenues for peaceful solution should have been exhausted. The Oracle never permitted a war with the white men, yet it cautioned the villagers that the white men would cause destruction like "locusts." Ironically, the white men speak to the locusts’ arrival from Revelation in the Bible; the village will be destroyed completely, and among the villagers who will survive, no good thing will come to them.
Without a doubt, the response of the white man to the killing of one of their own is unjustified and out of proportion. It is unlikely that wiping out an entire village is justice to the killing of one man. In any case, this unnecessary activity is Achebe's method for starting the novel's portrayal of whites and they're abusive, frequently clueless attitude towards the Africans. From this time, a wedge has been knocked between the whites and the Africans, and future clash appears to be unavoidable.
The chapter ends with a light-hearted exchange that seems ominous only when the ending of the novel is revealed:
Okonkwo: I do not know how to thank you.
Obierika: I can tell you. Kill one of your sons for me.
Okonkwo: That will not be enough.
Obierika: Then kill yourself.
Okonkwo: Forgive me. I shall not talk about thanking you anymore.