Outer characterization

Andrew Okonkwo is another important character in Zadie Smith’s novella The Embassy of Cambodia. He is a Nigerian man and a Christian and Fatou’s only friend. Andrew is studying at the College of North West London for a part-time business degree and works as a night guard in London City. 

He is described as having a “chubby face”, a “struggling moustache”, “professorial glasses”. Fatou also mentions he has a “clammy, high-smelling body”. He wears a leather coat.

Inner characterization

Andrew is kind and friendly

Andrew first meets Fatou when she is eating a sandwich on a bench in the park. He approaches her and gives her a religious leaflet, and strikes up a conversation with her. This shows that Andrew is friendly and likely finds i...

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