Okeke and Nene are related by marriage in the short story "Marriage is a Private Affair." Okeke is Nene's father-in-law. Chinua Achebe's short story, set in Nigeria, is about the marriage of Nnaemeka and Nene, who are from different ethnic groups. Their marriage is a source of conflict between Nnaemeka and his father, Okeke. Okeke objects to his new daughter-in-law for three reasons. First, he believes his son should not marry out of his ethnic group. Second, he had already arranged for Nnaemeka to marry an Ibo girl from his rural village. Third, he doesn't like the fact that Nene is a teacher. Okeke believes, according to his interpretation of the bible, that women should not be teachers. After the wedding, Okeke disowns his son for eight years until he receives a letter from Nene indicating the couple have two sons who would very much like to see their grandfather. In the end, Achebe suggests that Okeke will be reunited with his son and will finally accept Nene as his daughter-in-law.