What are the names of the nine villages in Things Fall Apart?

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The nine villages in Chinua Achebe's Things Fall Apart are as follows: 1 Umuofia, 2 Ikemefua, 3 Aninta, 4 Umuazu, 5, Mbaino, 6 Abame, 7 Elumelu, 8 Ikeocha, and 9 Mbanta. 

Most of the story takes place in the village of Umuofia.  That is because the story's protagonist is Okonkwo.  He is a well known and respected warrior from that village.  

At one point in the story, Okonkwo is chosen to be the adoptive father of a boy from another village.  The boy is Ikemefuna, and he is from the village of Mbaino. Okonkwo comes to love this boy like a son, but is forced to kill him later in the story. 

Mbanta is where Okonko's mother is from, and that is where he is exiled to for seven years after accidentally shooting and killing someone. 

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In "Things Fall Apart" by Chinua Achebe, is set in Umuofia which is comprised of nine villages. Each village is represented by an egwugwu. Each egwugwu serves as a spokesperson for his particular village. Ibo (Igbo) is the name of the village that Okwonkwo, the protagonist, is the egwugwu for. Mbanta and Iguedo are other villages in Umuofia. All nine of the villages are not specifically listed in the novel. The reader can get a good idea about the different villages by comparing the egwugwu from each of the villages.

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In Chinua Achebe's Things Fall Apart, the reader is led on the trying journey of protagonist Okonkwo, a warrior of the Umuofia clan, as he attempts to live a more productive, fulfilling, and honorable life than that of his late father. Including the Umuofia, Achebe writes that there are nine Igbo villages, though only eight are named: Umuofia, Umuazu, Mbanta, Aninta, Ikeocha, Elumelu, Abame, and Mbaino.  

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"Things Fall Apart" is a novel by Chinua Achebe, which delves into the life of the protagonist Okonkwo and the Igbo culture. Okonkwo is a revered warrior of the Umuofia Village, which most of the story takes place in. The other villages mentioned in the novel are Mbanta, Abame, Elumelu, Mbaino, umuazu, Aninta, Ikeocha, and Iguedo (Okonkwo's village).