health and children
In Chapter 19, Okonkwo prepares for a return to his homeland of Umuofia, but before he goes, he must show his thanks to his mother's family with a large feast.
To begin the feast, Uchendu, Okonkwo's uncle and the oldest living member of the family, leads a ceremony in which kola nuts are passed around.
As the oldest member of the family, Uchendu breaks the kola nut, praying to the ancestors for health and children. The food is then laid out and everyone begins to eat.