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Chigozie Obioma
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...in Umuahia, a town in the land of the great fathers...
-- Chi (Narration) (chapter 1)

Importance: The chi's narration often compares modern Nigeria to pre-colonial Nigeria, beginning with this descriptor of Chinonso's hometown of Umuahia. This quotation reminds the reader of Nigeria's traditional cultural systems, and as the novel goes on, the chi occasionally juxtaposes Nigerian traditions with the colonial and neocolonial forces that have often tried to erode them.

In the time of the old fathers only the lazy, indolent, infirm, or accursed lacked [resources].
-- Chi (Narration) (chapter 3)

Importance: In this line of narration, Chinonso's chi remarks upon how, in pre-colonial Nigeria, it was possible for anyone to make a good living as long as they were willing to work. However, colonialism and the introduction of European capitalist systems replaced those old socioeconomic systems, thereby creating much wealth disparity and poverty.

You’re a beautiful man.
-- Ndali (chapter 4)

Importance: Ndali says this to Chinonso in the early stages of their relationship...

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