Ezendu was the oldest man is Okonkwo's village. Earlier, he warned Okonkwo not to take part in the killing of Ikemefuna, a warning Okonkwo ignores. When Ezendu dies, Okonkwo’s gun accidentally explodes during the Ezendu's funeral rite, The shot accidently kills Ezeudu’s son. Okonkwo’s crimes enrage the Earth Goddess Ani, for he has consciously and unconsciously chosen death by beating his wife, killing Ikemefuna, and now, killing Ezeudu’s son. His rash actions are destroying the moral fabric of traditional life. Therefore, Ani banishes Okonkwo to Mbanta, his mother’s village, for seven years.