Contrast Okeke and Nnaemeka's views concerning tradition. 

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Nnaemeka is more open-minded than his father and does not adhere to the strict limitations of tradition. Instead of marrying the woman that his father chose, Nnaemeka gets engaged to Nene. Although Nnaemeka opposes the tribal tradition of marrying the woman who was chosen for him by his parents, he...

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Nnaemeka is more open-minded than his father and does not adhere to the strict limitations of tradition. Instead of marrying the woman that his father chose, Nnaemeka gets engaged to Nene. Although Nnaemeka opposes the tribal tradition of marrying the woman who was chosen for him by his parents, he shows respect by asking his father to forgive him. In contrast, Okeke reveres the traditions of his Ibo tribe and believes they are more important than individual opinions. Okeke sacrifices his relationship with his son and grandchildren because he believes Nnaemeka has disrespected his tribe. According to Okeke, tradition must be upheld and revered. In Nnaemeka's opinion, individual beliefs and feelings are more important than adhering to tradition. Nnaemeka refuses to sacrifice his happiness in order to obey traditional Ibo customs.

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