| Quote #1
In recent weeks the [Umuofia Progressive] Union had met several times over Obi Okonkwo's case. At the first meeting, a handful of people had expressed the view that there was no reason why the Union should worry itself over the troubles of a prodigal son who had shown great disrespect to it only a little while ago…
Despite the bad blood between Obi Okonkwo and his union of fellow expatriates from Umuofia, the men support him because he is family. These Africans, who are less educated than Obi, had a stronger sense of ethnic ties than Obi.
| Quote #2
"The guests then said their farewells to Obi, many of them repeating all the advice that he had already been given. They shook hands with him and as they did so they pressed their presents into his palm, to buy a pencil with, or an exercise book or a loaf of bread for the journey, a shilling there and a penny there—substantial presents in a village where money was so rare, where men and women toiled from year to year to wrest a meager living from an unwilling and exhausted soil. (1.51)
The men and women of Umuofia are generous with their gifts when Obi departs for England. Part of the reason for this generosity is that because they are investing in Obi, whom they see as their collective child.
| Quote #3
"Yes," said Obi. "Many black men who got the white man's country marry their women."
Obi feels the pride of familial connection and kinship, not realizing that his own engagement to Clare will cause the same (or worse) consternation as marrying a white woman.