Kingsley is fresh out of university, eager to find an engineering job so he can support his family and marry the girl of his dreams. Being the opara of the family, he is entitled to certain privileges – a piece of meat in his egusi soup, a party to celebrate his graduation. But times are hard in Nigeria and jobs are not easy to come by.
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“Looking at a king’s mouth,” said an old man, “one would think he never sucked at his mother’s breast.” He was talking about Okonkwo, who had risen so suddenly from great poverty and misfortune to be one of the lords of the clan. The old man bore no ill will towards Okonkwo. Indeed he respected him for his industry and success. But he was struck, as most people were, by Okonkwo’s brusqueness in dealing with less successful men.
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“With this samba of mine”, he concluded, “I shall always be happy.” “I’m sorry to hear all this, Akin. I would have helped you, but we were just talking about my misfortune when we heard you singing. You see, that place where you are now sitting was once a thriving eating-house, until one of my customers burnt it down because I refused to marry him.” “I’m sorry. But perhaps I can help you,” said Akin brightly.