No, I would not characterize Michael Obi as a villain. A villain would typically be considered inherently bad. He is, however, not very thoughtful or considerate when it comes to the traditions and legends of the villagers. Despite being told about the path that was sacred to them, he still has the fence put up so they cannot cross it. This was extremely disrespectful and a great insult to the villagers. He should have thought more carefully about this decision. Had he let the path be, it would not have affected the school. He wanted to be in control and he overstepped his boundaries. As a result, he is retaliated against and some of the school is destroyed.