The daughter of Okonkwo's friend, Obierika, is getting married. A wedding is a very important occasion in Igbo culture, and is always accompanied by a large, sumptuous feast in which the whole village gets involved. The ensuing betrothal ritual, or uri, is an old tribal custom in which the suitor presents palm-oil to everyone in the bride's family. For her part, the mother of the bride is expected to prepare food for the wedding feast, with the assistance of other women in the village.
All three of Okonkwo's wives participate in the uri. His first wife, the mother of his oldest son, and Ojiugo, Okonkwo's third and youngest wife, bring cocoyams, palm-oil, salt, smoked fish, plantains, and water to the betrothal feast.