After defeating the unbeatable wrestler Amalinze the cat, his fame spreaded in Umuofia. Oknokwo becomes very prosperous and warlike man. Okonkwos’ homestead, or compound, illustrates his prosperity. His own living area is called on Obi. He is a wealthy farmer with three wives and many children. His three wives have separate houses behind the Obi. He has two large barns full of yams or sweet potatoes. There is also a shrine where he keeps the symbols of his personal god and ancestral spirits. He also has two titles which he had proved in two intertribal wars, won by him.
Okonkwo was not afraid of war. He was a man of action, a man of war. Unlike his father he could stand the look of blood. In Umuofia’s latest war he was the first to bring a human head. That was his fifth head and he was not an old man yet. On great occasions such as the funeral of a village celebrity he drank his palm-wine from his first human head. Okonkwo also played an active role of ambassador to take the message from Umuofia to Mbaino when daughter of Umuofia was killed in Mbaino. He carried an ultimatum asking Mbaino to choose between war on one hand, and on the other hand offer a young boy and a virgin as compensation to Umuofia. Since, he was a respected member of Umuofian society. Also, Okonkwo is chosen to adopt the ill-fated Ikemefuna by his community in order to avoid war and bloodshed with the village of Mbaino.