It is two more years that have passed before Obierika visits Mbanta a second time, again with unfortunate news. White missionaries have arrived in Umuofia, have started a Christian church, and have converted some people. The clan leaders are frustrated in the villagers, yet they trust that the converts are just efulefu, the useless and weak men of the village. None of the believers holds a title in the clan.
Obierika's sole purpose behind the visit is to inform Okonkwo that he saw Nwoye in the company of missionaries in Umuofia. Obierika asked Nwoye for what good reason he was in the village, Nwoye responded that he was "one of them." When he asked some information about his father, Okonkwo, Nwoye answered that "he is not my father."
Okonkwo refuses to talk with his friend about Nwoye. It is only after a conversation with Nwoye's mother that Obierika gets to know what had happened to the family: Six men arrived in Mbanta, including one white man. Everybody was interested to see him in the wake of hearing the tale of the Abame demolition. The white man had an Igbo translator — with an unusual dialect — and, through him, addressed them about Christianity. He informed them regarding another god who made the world and mankind; this new god would replace the useless gods of wood and stone that they had worshiped. Love of the genuine god would guarantee that they would live perpetually in the new god's kingdom. The white man disclosed to them that he and his people would come to live with them and would bring numerous iron horses for the villagers to ride.
Initially, the missionaries drove the villagers away when they discredited their gods. However, the white man started singing beautiful hymns that attracted the villagers. Okonkwo saw nonsense in what the white man was saying but Nwoye found a lot of value in what the white man was saying. Nwoye converted.