Although they are close friends, Obierika and Okonkwo approach the world very differently. Obierika isn’t a coward, but he isn’t overly aggressive or bloodthirsty either. Okonkwo, on the other hand, always seems eager to get into a fight. Obierika isn’t passive, but acts only after careful thought and deliberation. He is generally more rational and less rash than Okonkwo. Although he gives Okonkwo lots of good advice and often serves as a voice of reason, Okonkwo tends to ignore his friend’s suggestions.