As early as Okonkwo's first year in exile, he had already had in mind the grand entry that he would want to have in Umuofia. Okonkwo has resolved to make up for the seven years he thinks he wasted when he was in exile. Not only does Okonkwo think of building a bigger compound than before, he is also planning to build huts for two more wives.
Okonkwo makes plans for a triumphant return, however, the plans immediately upset when Nwoye joins the Christians. At the start, his eldest son's child's activity disappoints him and he becomes stressed. Okonkwo, however, is certain that his other five children won't disappoint him like Nwoye. Okonkwo additionally takes pride in his daughters, particularly Ezinma, who has developed into a wonderful young lady. Her cases of sickness have reduced drastically. Numerous suitors in Mbanta have requested her hand marriage, however, she has rejected them all, realizing that her dad wishes her to marry in Umuofia. In addition, she has motivated her stepsister Obiageli to take the suit.
Okonkwo is disturbed that his people in Umuofia are hesitant to use violence to fight the white man's religion as well as his oppressive government. His companion Obierika says that they fear a fate like Abame's, the village that was destroyed by the white man. He likewise enlightens Okonkwo concerning a villager who was hanged by the administration due to a contention over land. He says that any act of violence will set clansmen against each other, in light of the fact that numerous people from the many clans have effectively joined the new faith. Obierika is left wondering how the white man came and set up the religion peacefully but then became very harsh when they established the government, avoiding to listen to the local and ruling without following the traditions of the people.