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Ekwefi had always been in love with Okonkwo since the wrestling match. She was attracted to his masculinity and strength. She left her husband to become Okonkwo's second wife. At the same time she found out how abusive her husband could be. Okonkwo's rage is set upon her many times, especially during religious festivals when he is not permitted to work. In one instance he beats her for allegedly killing a banana tree.