The novel opens ten years after his death. Unoka is an example of a father who you will not choose yours. Okonkwo was feeling big shame about him since early childhood. According to the standards and rules of the clan, Unoka was called a coward and big waster. He never worried about his life, or moreover about the life of his son. He usually borrows money, and never gives them back. That’s why Unoka died in debt and mortification; all memories about father give Okonkwo terrible feelings of fear of failure. But no one is fully bad, from the positive things – Unoka is a talented musician.
Unoka in the Essays