Proverbs are first mentioned in the novel in chapter one when the tradition of passing the kola nut for fellowship and alliance is addressed.
The song combines cultural themes and traditions with imagery that helps the reader picture the story.
The context of the song is “Gradually the rains became lighter and less frequent, and earth and sky once again became separate. He has thrown four hundred Cats The send him the word to fight for us.
Achebe also includes traditional songs in his novel.
These songs are scattered throughout and give the novel a much more traditional African feel.
More importantly, the novel presents a vivid illustration of African culture.
African culture has only recently become more literate since it was primarily an oral culture.
Many of the proverbs refer to animals in the bush to make a cultural point.
Nwakibie is one of the characters in the story and a very wealthy man whose tradition at meal times would be to bless the food with this blessing: “We shall all live.
Such a proverbial descriptor defines Okonkwo as being proud as a king but also very self supporting and having a quick rise to fame and fortune.
The proverb makes his character so much more vivid and alive than any other literary device.