The village of Umuofia gets ready for the Feast of the New Yam, which happens just before the harvest. All yams left unused from the previous year must be discarded, and everything utilized as a part of getting ready, cooking, and serving yams must be completely washed before being utilized for the new yams. Relatives and different visitors are welcomed from a far distance for the feast; Okonkwo welcomes his spouses' relatives. While every other person appears to be thrilled about the coming celebration, Okonkwo realizes that he will become sick of attending the celebration for quite a long time; he would prefer to till his farm.
As the preparations time almost came to an end, Okonkwo's controlled outrage and hatred about the feast bursts when he realizes somebody has destroyed one of his banana plants. In any case, it is just leaves that have been plucked off from the tree to wrap food. When his second wife, Ekwefi, confesses to taking the leaves, Okonkwo beats her seriously to relieve himself of his repressed outrage. At that point he sends for his corroded gun to go hunting — Okonkwo isn't a hunter nor is he experienced with a firearm. When Ekwefi murmurs about "weapons that never shot," he gets his firearm, points it at her, and pulls the trigger. Despite the fact that it goes off, she isn't harmed. Okonkwo murmurs and leaves with the weapon.
Regardless of Okonkwo's tantrums, the celebration is conducted with incredible delight, even in his family and by Ekwefi after her beating and close shooting. Like the vast majority of the town, she anticipates the second day of the feast and its extraordinary wrestling matches between men of the village and men of neighboring villages. This challenge is a similar type in which Okonkwo, years earlier, won the wrestling match as well as won Ekwefi's heart.