A young boy who is offered to Okonkwo in a settlement with a nearby village that quickly proves to be an ample addition to the unit. He becomes great friends with Nwoye and even goes on to call Okonkwo ‘father’. Okonkwo is proud to have Ikemefuna with him as he sees within him a perfect son but he refuses to openly show his appreciation for the boy as he fears this would make him look effeminate and therefore weak in his eyes.
‘How can a man who has killed five men in a battle fall to pieces because he has added a boy to their family number? Okonkwo, you have become a woman indeed’