A friend in need is a friend indeed. But sometimes there are friendships between total opposites, that is listed with friendship of Obierika and Okonkwo. The two are great friends, but almost completely opposites, and this can be seen numerous times throughout the novel.
Obierika often does not approve of Okonkwo’s actions and even counsels him against acting the way he wants to, but he is always there in the end to comfort and help his pal. For example, when Okonkwo joins the party of men who will take Ikemefuna, the boy from another village who has been taken into Okonkwo’s home, out into the jungle and slaughter him, Obierika whole heartedly disapproves. However, who do you think is there after Okonkwo, out of fear and desire to prove his manhood, kills the boy with his own machete? Yes, Obierika comforts and consoles his friend, without mentioning his disapproval.
Obierika also helps Okonkwo when his friend is exiled for accidently killing a boy; he sells Okonkwo’s yams and gives Okonkwo the money. But perhaps the greatest difference between the two friends comes from their beliefs. Obierika is loyal to the traditions of Umuofia, true, but he also understands the need for change and evolution. He is more open to progress in a word. He believes there may be learning opportunities that come from the Christians who have moved just outside the village, they should be treated with respect and dignity.
He also thinks the traditions the Umuofians live by need to be questioned from time to time, and he does so openly. On the other hand, Okonkwo wants to slaughter all the Christians and remain strictly adhering to the values and traditions passed down through generations. Obierika, obviously is far more open-minded, and it ends up serving him for better in the end.