The Novel Things Fall Apart was written in the year 1959. It is an English-language novel written by the Nigerian author Chinua Achebe. The name Okonkwo is from the Eastern Nigeria and it means man of Nkwo. Or a boy that is born on the Nkwo market day. The character Okonkwo in the novel acquires this name in the traditional way like all the Nigerian clans give names according to the day the boy is born.