Ekwefi is Okonkwo’s second wife and she is portrayed as an extremely bold, determined woman. Unlike Okonkwo's other wives, Ekwefi is not afraid to talk back to her husband and has the audacity to knock on his door at night. Despite her bold personality, Ekwefi suffers at the hands of Okonkwo and is severely beaten for minor offenses. In chapter eleven, Okonkwo demonstrates his loyalty and affection for Ekwefi by following her into the forest and keeping watch over the cave when the village priestess takes Ezinma from her. Okonkwo remains by Ekwefi's side, which is a rare glimpse into Okonkwo's compassionate nature.
Ezinma is Okonkwo's spirited daughter, who reminds him of himself. Okonkwo loves and admires Ezinma but refuses to show her affection in order to maintain his tough, masculine persona. Okonkwo not only enjoys her company but also wishes she was a boy. Out of all Okonkwo's children, Enzinma is his favorite. She is bold, sensible, and commands her father's attention.