In Chapter One, we are told that Unoka enjoyed drinking palm-wine and playing on his flute.
Although Unoka was often in debt when he lived, he often used whatever money he had to purchase gourds of palm wine to make merry with his neighbors. Unoka was a man who believed in enjoying life to the fullest. To that end, he savored the best food and drink his money could buy when he was alive.
He also loved good music, and his happiest moments were spent playing his flute with the village musicians after the yearly harvest. He relished being hired by other villages to play with his egwugwu band and to teach others his tunes. The dry season often saw the end of the rains and the emergence of glorious, sunny days. The first kites would appear then, and children would sing 'songs of welcome' to them. Unoka saw the changing of the seasons as a way to enjoy making more of the music he loved.