Odili Samalu - The narrator and protagonist, this character is a native of Urua village.
M. A. (Micah) Nanga - The prime antagonist, this character is Nigeria's Minister of Culture.
Mrs. Margaret (Mama) Nanga - This character is the progressive woman the Minister of Culture marries in his schoolteacher and scoutmaster days.
Edna Odo - This is the Minister of Culture's intended parlor wife, whom he has trained at a women's college.
Hezekiah Samalu - This character is a retired district interpreter in Urua. The position has made this character very wealthy and widely hated.
Mrs. Agnes Akilo - A sophisticated solicitor, this person arrives at the Minister of Culture's home the night that his wife leaves for Christmas vacation.
Azoge - This character is a blind beggar in Anata whose old stick is replaced with a new one, causing a ruckus.
Boniface - This character is...
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